Program Information

The Chinese program provides students with exposure to the language, literature, and culture of China. The multiple levels of Chinese language courses offer a balanced emphasis on listening, reading, writing, and speaking, establishing a good foundation for ongoing language study. Students may study abroad in China or take part in other forms of advanced study to continue developing their language skills. Chinese Studies courses (in English) acquaint students with Chinese literary works and their social, political, and cultural contexts.

Due to the overlap in requirements, it is not possible for students to major in East Asian Studies and minor in Chinese or Japanese unless they are pursuing coursework in both languages.


Leihua Weng, Chinese Endowed Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature. BA Zhejiang University MA Peking University PhD University of South Carolina

Yanshuo Zhang, Assistant Professor of Chinese. BA St. Catherine University PhD Stanford University


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