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Chinese Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 16.0102 Linguistics)

Department of Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Jeff Good

Robert Hoeing
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Sean Macdonald
Director of Chinese Program

Associated Subjects

Why study Chinese Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

Chinese culture is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. At the same time, Chinese culture has been constantly changing and transforming to become an important player in the twenty-first century. Mandarin Chinese, or Putonghua, the official dialect of Chinese, is spoken and used in social media in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Singapore, and around the world.

The UB Chinese minor curriculum provides a solid foundation for understanding and appreciating the richness and diversity of premodern and modern Chinese culture. UB Chinese language and culture courses aim to equip students who are preparing for postgraduate research and careers in Chinese studies and Asian studies research, education, foreign policy, communications, media, and international business in the United States and abroad.

Learning Outcomes

By completing all the requirements, students will acquire a high level of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also develop a nuanced knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture, a major force in politics, media, the global economy, and cross-cultural approaches to sustainable development.

The Learning Environment

Class size is limited for language courses in order to promote each student’s participation and interaction with the instructors as well as other students. The use of target language is essential in class. Independent studies may be arranged for advanced levels to meet the specific needs of students.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Linguistics department includes internationally known and respected scholars, with diverse backgrounds and interests. The Chinese Program has a full-time faculty director, a full-time adjunct faculty coordinator, two adjunct faculty instructors, and three teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Linguistics department website for more information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

A minor in Chinese language and culture will compliment majors in business administration, geography, international business, world trade, and interdisciplinary programs such as International Studies and Asian Studies.

Given U.S. interest in China’s geopolitical importance, China’s massive and growing economy, the need for large numbers of U.S. citizens who can speak Mandarin and show some knowledge of Chinese culture continues to grow day by day.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising within Linguistics is done by the Directors of Undergraduate Studies. There are Directors assigned to Linguistics and the Chinese, German, Japanese and Korean language programs. Students with questions about degrees within Linguistics should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics, and those with questions about the Chinese, German, Japanese and Korean programs should consult with the directors in charge of those programs. Students interested in one of the Languages and Linguistics concentrations within the Linguistics major are welcome to consult with either the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics or the Director in charge of the relevant language program.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Dr. Xuehong Lu, Program Director

Students with prior knowledge of Chinese should email Dr. Xuehong Lu for placement information.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

Associated Subjects

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:22