*Not a baccalaureate degree program
China has the world's oldest living civilization, and its culture has had significant impact on its neighboring countries. Now China is rapidly becoming a major player in world politics, and its economy is expanding fast. Not only is China a country that one must interact with politically, economically and culturally, it also provides opportunities to the world in business, scholarly research, and within many other contexts. Mandarin Chinese (or Putonghua) is the official language.
The Chinese curriculum provides a solid foundation for an understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse culture of China. The language (Mandarin Chinese) and culture courses offered are useful to students who aspire to an East Asia-related academic or professional career in education, government, communication, business or other fields in the United States and abroad.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the students are expected to acquire intermediate-level proficiency in Chinese in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and cultural knowledge and understanding desired for the target level of proficiency.
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 the target language is essential in class. Independent studies may be arranged for advanced levels to meet specific needs of students.
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.
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.
Please visit the Linguistics department website for more information about our faculty.
Students majoring in business administration, geography, international business and world trade, and the interdisciplinary social sciences programs in international studies and Asian studies would find their bachelor's degrees complemented by the study of the Chinese language. Given China's huge population, its geopolitical importance, its massive and growing economy, and U.S. interest in that country as a trading partner, the need for large numbers of U.S. citizens who are fluent speakers of Chinese and are knowledgeable about Chinese culture will continue to grow.
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.
Students with prior knowledge of Chinese should email Dr. Xuehong Lu for placement information.
Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including: