China has become an important aspect of globalization. With more than 20% of the world population being Chinese, and China being one of the fastest growing regions, this certificate becomes an essential preparation for anyone whose career will be dealing with China and Chinese-speaking communities.
The Program in Chinese Studies endeavors to set you on a solid foundation for learning the Chinese language and acquiring an understanding of East Asian cultures. You may major in more than one language, earn multiple minors, or complete certifications along with your major. Each option will help you to develop your language skills and expand your cultural perspective. The program helps to satisfy the Chinese language requirements for majors in international studies focusing on China. With so many options, the choice is yours to make.
The Chinese Program has been a wonderful part of my undergraduate program. Not only has the Chinese program helped me in my degree in Global and International Studies but has helped me find passion in East Asian history, culture, religion, and philosophy. A large part that makes the Chinese program special is the pedagogy. I think teaching language and culture from the perspective of the specific country makes the learning enjoyable, helping one understand more and write and speak at a native level.
With some experience in teaching English, as well as Japanese to younger students and peers while in the University, I have been interested in teaching and possibly learning on my own, using the pedagogy used from this program. I liked how the Chinese program followed the Chinese thinking patterns of being holistic. The classes offered were not only language, but also cultural, and classes such as Tai Chi, I-Ching and Chinese Medicine offered more insight and a holistic approach to Chinese culture.
As a student, who only majored and minored in the School of Liberal Arts, the Chinese Program helped me learn things outside of my initial interest.
— Azro-Solar Akimoto, B.A. Individualized Major in Chinese Studies (2021)
The Program in Chinese Studies applies Chinese cultural framework to teach Chinese characters, grammar, and discourse patterns. In this way, learning Chinese is simple, straightforward, and enjoyable. The Program uses thinking patterns to explain cultural phenomena, fosters different ways of thinking, and relates ancient wisdom with daily life to learn about the East Asian Cultures. The goal is to impart knowledge and wisdom, so you earn lifelong benefits.
Contact Dr. Jing Wang, Director of the Program in Chinese.