The Great Wall of China Calligraphy master uses both hands for his artwork, Yunnan, China

Chinese Program

The Chinese Language Program at Western Washington University provides students the opportunity to learn communicative skills in Chinese, a language spoken by 1.3 billion people, approximately one-fourth of the world population. The program offers courses of Chinese language at the first, second and third-year levels. In addition, several other courses related to Chinese language and culture are offered.

Students may choose Chinese as minor or student-faculty designed major. Students who have taken one or two year Chinese are encouraged to study Chinese abroad. Please visit our web site Study Chinese Abroad for more information. If you have any questions regarding the Chinese program, you may visit our other pages: Faculty, Courses or send an email to the coordinator of the program Dr. Janet Xing.

Chinese Language Minor

Students who wish to minor in Chinese language must meet the following requirements:

  • 25 credits in Chinese at the 200 level and above (i.e. CHIN 201- 202-203, CHIN 237/337);
  • GPA of 2.50 or above; limit of 15 credits at 200 level (either Second-Year Chinese or summer study abroad, CHIN 237)
  • Must take CHIN 303 (Business Chinese) or CHIN 304 (Chinese Grammar & Composition) on the WWU campus

Student-Faculty Designed Major in Chinese Language Studies

Students who wish to have a student-faculty designed major in Chinese Language Chinese Studies must meet the following requirements:

  • Read Guidelines and Procedures for student-faculty designed majors.
  • Meet with Prof. Xing in Miller Hall 218D (You need to sign a contract first before declaring the major.)
  • Complete a minimum of 70 credits (55 credits above the 100 level; maximum of 18 credits at the 200 level)
  • Study abroad in China (CHIN 237/337) is required for Chinese Language major. it is not required, but strongly encouraged for Chinese Studies major.
  • Chinese Studies major needs to take 8 elective courses (see below) in Chinese language, Chinese literature and/or China related courses from East Asian Studies, History, Political Science, Liberal Studies, Anthropology and/or Sociology. Of which, 6 should be upper division courses related to any aspects of China or Chinese society

A – Chinese Language Concentration – ~70-76 credits

  • CHIN 201-202-203: Second-Year Chinese (5cr, GUR: BCOM/CCOM/ACGM), Offered: Fall-Winter-Spring
  • CHIN 301-302, 303: Third-Year Chinese (4cr each, GUR: ACGM), Offered: Fall-Winter-Spring
  • CHIN 280: Traditional Chinese Characters (3cr, GUR: BCOM/CCOM)
  • CHIN 304: Chinese Grammar & Composition (4cr, WP and GUR: ACGM)
  • CHIN 330: Chinese Film in Literature (3cr, GUR: ACGM), Offered: Spring
  • CHIN 390: Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (4cr, WP and GUR: ACGM)
  • CHIN 237/337: Study Abroad in China (15cr each), Offered: Summer
  • CHIN 425: Teaching Elementary Chinese (2cr, repeatable), Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

B – With Chinese Studies Concentration

Core Courses (required) – 30-32 credits

  • CHIN 201-202-203: Second-Year Chinese (5cr, GUR: BCOM/CCOM/ACGM), Offered: Fall-Winter-Spring
  • CHIN 301-302, 303: Third-Year Chinese (4cr each, GUR: ACGM), Offered: Fall-Winter-Spring
  • CHIN 280: Traditional Chinese Characters (3cr, GUR: BCOM/CCOM/ACGM)
  • EAS 230: Modern Chinese Language and Society (3cr, GUR: ACGM)

Electives – 40-50 credits

  • CHIN 304: Chinese Grammar & Composition (4cr)
  • CHIN 330: Chinese Films in Literature (3cr)
  • CHIN 390: Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (4cr)
  • EAS 302: Methods/Materials East Asian Studies (3cr)
  • EAS 307: East Asia (5cr)
  • EAS 367: Chinese Literature in Translation (5cr)
  • A/Hist 217: Visual Cultures in East Asia (3cr)
  • ANTH 310: The rise of civilization (4cr)
  • ANTH 463: Peoples of East and Southeast Asia (5cr)
  • HIST 370: Chinese History to 600AD (5cr)
  • HIST 371: Chinese History, 600 to 1800 (4cr)
  • HIST 372: Chinese History, 1800 to Present (5cr)
  • HIST 479: Medieval and early-modern China (5cr)
  • HIST 480: Modern Chinese Social History (5cr)
  • HIST 481: The Chinese revolution (5cr)
  • SOC 437: Changing China - Culture, Community and Citizenship (10cr), Offered: Summer (study abroad)
  • LBRL 272: Religion and Society in China and Japan (4cr)
  • LBRL 273: Art and Society in China and Japan (4cr)
  • LBRL 277: Humanities of China (4cr)
  • LBRL 360: China and the emerging world economy (5cr)
  • MUS 305: Musics of the Pacific Rim (3cr)
  • OPS 417: Managing Supply Chain, China (4cr)
  • PLSC 307: East Asian Politics (5cr)
  • PLSC 310: International Relations of East Asia (5cr)
  • PLSC 430: Modern Chinese Politics (4cr)
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