We offer a wide range of classes in Chinese, from beginning to advanced. The teaching adopts a communicative approach, emphasizing constant aural-oral interaction in the classroom. Various other departments offer courses with a focus on topics such as Chinese linguistics, history, politics, religion, art and more, as part of the Chinese Minor, as well as the Language and World Business Program with a concentration in Chinese.
Why Study Chinese?
China, the world's most populous country, is often seen as a country of superlatives. With written records stretching back more than 4000 years, Chinese language and culture are amongst the world's oldest. In recent decades, the country has become the world's manufacturing powerhouse and fastest-growing consumer market, and is on a path to becoming the world's biggest economy. The growing influence that China enjoys on the international scene makes a knowledge of its language and culture an increasingly valuable skill that can provide access and opportunities in areas as diverse as business, government and international relations, information technology, tourism, education, translation, and more.