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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chinese Language and Culture, BA

Department of Modern and Classical Languages, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

60 credits


This major is designed to develop advanced proficiency in both Chinese language and culture with the goal of placing students in a competitive position in this increasingly globalized world. The rigorous curriculum of this major focuses on training students in the communicative skills and in cultural awareness that are essential for success in their career pursuits in business, education, public service, and technology related to China, Chinese people and Chinese language.

Why Consider a Chinese Language and Culture Major?

The department provides students the skills to learn firsthand about major world societies. The department believes that the best way to understand a culture directly is through its language. The modern languages offered in the department are spoken natively by nearly two billion people. The multifaceted programs of the department provide an opening to the world through language, literature, culture and civilization. It is a meeting place for true diversity.

Contact Information

Modern and Classical Languages Department Office
Miller Hall 223

Sample Careers

Jobs involving businesses in Chinese-speaking countries | Interpreter | Foreign Correspondent | Foreign Service Officer | FBI Agent | Educator | Linguist | Travel Writer | All careers involving communication

Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students can declare this major at any time, but must meet with a Chinese major advisor prior to declaration. For Chinese major advisor information, contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at 360-650-3918.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors. A GPA of 2.5 or above in major is required.


At least 35 of the 60 credits must be in upper division (300- or 400-level) courses.

Additional Language and Culture Courses (15 credits)

Electives (10 credits)

Including a minimum of 1 course from either HIST, HUMA, PLSC, REL or SOC.