The Chinese Studies Program is your gateway to one of the world’s oldest and richest civilization. We open and pave your way to multiple China-related fields with solid preparation in the Chinese language, literature, and culture. We train you to achieve advanced language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and to think critically about Chinese cultural phenomena.

Chinese Major

The B.A. in Modern Language and Culture has four concentrations to choose from:

  • Second Language and Culture
  • Teacher Certification in Foreign Language (FLED)
  • Applied Business
  • Cross-disciplinary Perspectives

Chinese Minor

Why Study Chinese?

There are many compelling reasons to study Chinese:

  1. China is one of the world’s oldest and richest cultures, over 5000 years old.
  2. China is currently the second largest economy in the world.
  3. China is one of largest trading partners of the United States.
  4. Speaking Chinese is an asset and will open new doors for you.
  5. Knowing Chinese may give you an edge when applying for competitive positions.
  6. Knowing Chinese may give you new perspectives to look at the world.

Career opportunities with Chinese

Study Abroad and/or Internships

Chinese Language and Culture Study Abroad

At Chinese Studies Program we offer a five-week intensive Chinese language and culture immersion program in Shanghai and Beijing, China. It is designed to quickly move students into a higher level of proficiency in Chinese. The program offers multi-level classes and no prior knowledge of Chinese is required. Students can earn 9 credit hours from the lower-division and/or upper-division courses in Chinese language and culture, applicable towards the Chinese minor, Asian Studies minor, International Affairs major (Applied Languages Concentration), International Business major, etc. Excursions to cultural and historical centers, partner activities outside of class, and cultural activities are organized to further advance the acquisition of spoken Chinese. This program also includes a service-learning component, where students will provide paid tutoring services in English language and American culture to local college students. For more detailed information, pleasecontact program director Dr. Liuxi Meng at

Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities in China are available through the International Cooperative Education and American Education and Culture Ambassador Program. You may earn up to six credit hours for a registered internship course.  For detailed information please contact Dr. Wenhua Jin at

Chinese Club

Every year the Chinese Language and Culture Club organizes a series of cultural events, including a celebration of the Chinese New Year with food and student performances, Chinese cultural workshops, excursion to the local Chinese communities, and guest lectures on China-related topics. To learn more about Chinese Club, join them on Instagram, check out their OwlLife page, or contact club president SooBin An (