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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.

    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

    By the successful completion of this minor, a student should be able to demonstrate:

    • Effective spoken and written communicative skills in Chinese at the intermediate level or above in the Interpersonal, Interpretative and Presentational modes.
    • An intermediate level of proficiency in reading and writing simplified Chinese characters.
    • A basic understanding of premodern and modern Chinese culture, civilization, politics, literature, history and society.
    • Knowledge of similarities and differences between students' own culture and cultures of the Chinese-speaking world.


    Subject Area Sample Courses Requirements
    Core Requirements* NCHM 2101 Chinese Intermediate 1 
    NCHM 2102 Chinese Intermediate 2 
    NCHM 2731 Conversational Chinese
    NCHM 3101 Chinese Advanced 1 
    NCHM 3102 Chinese Advanced 2
    NCHM 4718 Chinese: Pop Culture & Calligraphy
    NFLN 3501 Contemporary Chinese Cinema & Society
    12 credits
    Additional Courses

    NCHM 1101 Chinese Introductory 1 or 
    NCHM 1003 Chinese Intensive 1
    NCHM 1102 Chinese Introductory 2 or 
    NCHM 1004 Chinese Intensive 2
    NCHM 1701 Business Chinese

    6 Credits

    *Requirements are in effect as of the fall 2016 semester.

    18 credits are needed for the minor, and at least 12 credits of the 18 must be earned by taking courses in the NCHM or NFLN subject codes at the 2000 level or higher.

    Students who participate in a study abroad program with partner institutions may apply some of their coursework toward requirements for the minor in Chinese Studies.

    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.