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Courses in Chinese encompass the study of Chinese language, literature, media, and culture. The primary emphasis is on Modern Standard Chinese (Putonghua: the national language of China known to English speakers as Mandarin). The upper division courses taught in Chinese form the nucleus for a minor and provide a foundation for advanced studies at other universities or graduate school. Upper division lecture courses taught in English are designed to help students appreciate the richness of Chinese culture, language, and literature in the tradition of general education.

An understanding of China, combined with proficiency in the Chinese language, will, in addition to the obvious academic and intellectual gains, make graduates more versatile and sought after in international business, education, social work, law enforcement, government, and Foreign Service positions.

Through language instruction it is believed that the student will acquire the basic tools to communicate with the growing population of Chinese-speaking immigrants in California, to undertake travels in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other Southeast Asian countries where Chinese are a major ethnic group, and to pursue further studies in Chinese history, culture, and society.

Students interested in further advanced study in Chinese may design a Special Major in Chinese by consulting program faculty and spending one year undergoing intensive language study at a Mandarin Training Center in Taiwan, China, or Hong Kong.

Requirements - Minor

Total units required for Minor: 12 upper division units in Chinese selected with the approval of the Chinese language advisor.

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

Specific course requirements:


Courses taken through the International Studies program.


CHIN 110 Advanced Mandarin: Modern Chinese Fiction (CHIN 2B or instructor permission)

Note: The prerequisite lower division language acquisition will generally be done through coursework, though an equivalency exam is available for those students who feel they may already be at the upper division level.


Lewis Robinson

Contact Information

Bernice Bass de Martinez, Department Chair
Amanda Haddan, Administrative Support Coordinator
Mariposa Hall 2051
(916) 278-6333