Chinese Studies Minor | Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfers

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Chinese Studies Minor

  • Chinese Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that draws on a broad range of courses in language, literature, film, history, and politics. The minor can complement any concentration, deepening students' global competencies, cross-cultural perspectives, and awareness of a range of important cultural and social issues.

    The knowledge and skills acquired through the advanced study of a foreign language prepare them for a diverse and increasingly international workplace and for further study in graduate school. Career possibilities include jobs in translation and interpreting, international affairs, nonprofit work, media and journalism, and business.

    Study Abroad

    Students can also choose to complete some of their studies in the New School study abroad program in Shanghai. This intensive five-week summer program includes language study as well as fieldwork, arts and culture study, and excursions.

    Students interested in a minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students interested in pursuing a deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    Learning Outcomes

    Below are expected learning outcomes:

    • Students are expected to develop at least an intermediate level of proficiency in speaking and listening skills in Mandarin Chinese.
    • Students are expected to develop at least an intermediate level of proficiency in reading and writing simplified Chinese characters.
    • Students are expected to develop a basic understanding of premodern and modern Chinese culture, civilization, politics, literature, history and society.
    • Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of similarities and differences between students' own culture and those of the Chinese-speaking world.


    Subject Area Sample Courses Requirements
    Core Courses NCHM 1101 Chinese Introductory 1
    NCHM 1102 Chinese Introductory 2
    NCHM 2101 Chinese Intermediate 1
    NCHM 2102 Chinese Intermediate 2
    NCHM 3101 Chinese Advanced 1
    NCHM 3102 Chinese Advanced 2
    12-14 credits
    Elective Courses LURB 3110/ UGLB 3611 Contemporary Chinese Cities
    LURB 3077/UGLB3602 China Urbanizes - The Making of the Chinese Middle Class
    LPOL 3038 China in Revolution and Reform
    NANT 3570 Rights and Activism in Modern Cities
    PLSD 4011 Reshaping Urban China
    UGLB 3411 The Political Economy of China's New Capitalism
    PLAH 3011 Chinese Art and Culture
    PLAH 4012 Chinese Art in New York City
    PLAH 4013 Chinese Contemporary Art Criticism
    LHIS 2160 Asia Rising
    LREL 2301 Foundations of East Asian Relations
    URB 3990 Walking in the City of Shanghai (taught in Shanghai)
    3-4 Credits

    In completing courses for the minor, students may, with permission of the program advisor, substitute NCHM 1003 Chinese Introductory Intensive 1 for NCHM 1101 Chinese Intro 1, and NCHM 1004 Chinese Introductory Intensive 2 for NCHM 1102 Chinese Intro 2.

    Students who participate in the New School Summer Study Abroad program in Shanghai, China, may apply some of their coursework toward requirements for the minor in Chinese Studies.

    Students already beyond the Intermediate Chinese level may, upon the recommendation of the Chinese section coordinator, substitute advanced language courses as they vary by topic to ensure completion of four courses in the study of the language.

    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Lei Ping, Coordinator of Chinese Studies, at or 212.229.5600.

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