Chinese Studies (BA, minor)

Program Overview

The Chinese studies program offers students a diverse curriculum centered on Chinese language, culture and society.

Its rigorous language curriculum stresses verbal and textual mastery and cultural competency and includes courses in Chinese linguistics and language pedagogy. Courses explore both ancient and modern Chinese literature, visual arts, society, history, philosophy and economics.

Some students who choose this major also choose to double major within a different discipline to build a holistic degree plan.

Degrees Offered

  • BA in Chinese Studies


  • Chinese Studies

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

The faculty of the Chinese studies program are not only outstanding educators but are recognized and published scholars within their respective fields of research which include:

  • ancient, pre-modern, modern and contemporary Chinese history and culture
  • Chinese linguistics: phonology, poetic prosody and prosodic acquisition
  • classical and Chinese poetry and poetics
  • Confucianism language pedagogy
  • 20th-century Chinese literature and film

Many Chinese studies majors choose to study abroad to immerse themselves in the culture and language.


Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

The Chinese major provides a student with a solid foundation in spoken Mandarin and also develops the student’s written and oral communication skills, critical-thinking skills and overall cultural awareness.

Graduates may find employment in such fields and organizations as teaching, museum and other arts organizations, foreign service, community organization and activism, NGOs, information technologies, translation and interpretation, journalism, international aid, think tanks and research organizations, etc. Students who graduate with this degree are also well positioned to pursue a myriad of graduate degrees.

For more information, visit the Chinese Studies website.