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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chinese Language and Culture, BA with Teaching Endorsement Option

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

70 credits (58 additional credits for teacher certification)


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. This program also prepares students to become successful language teachers at the secondary education level.

Why Consider a Teaching Endorsement in 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.

This major leads to a BA degree without teacher certification. In order to receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification students must complete the “Optional Requirements,” including the “teacher certification” program which isoffered by the Department of Secondary Education.

See the Secondary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements. Regulations for teaching endorsement are subject to change. For teaching endorsement program, contact the world languages endorsement advisor.

 Contact Information

Modern and Classical Languages
Department Office

Miller Hall 223

World Languages - Education Advisor
Sheryl Bernardo-Hinesley
Miller Hall 122A

Teacher Education Admission
Miller Hall 150

Secondary Education
Program Manager

Janna Cecka
Miller Hall 401C

Secondary Education


 Sample Careers

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):

Make an appointment with the language advisor.

When meeting with the advisor, you should bring:

  • Submit a Major Declaration and Change Form.
  • An unofficial WWU transcript
  • Documentation for courses taken at other colleges or universities
  • Documentation for any study-abroad credits earned

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in the secondary education professional program and in all courses required for the endorsement.

A GPA of 3.00 is required in the language major and a GPA of 3.00 or above is required in endorsement courses.

Requirements (70 credits)

Optional Requirements

Note: Optional Requirements include the following two items as well as the Secondary Education Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Professional Program course requirements.

❑ A passing score on the World Languages WEST-E test, and proficiency in the designated world language assessed by ACTFL oral and written tests at the Advanced-Low level, are required by the state.

❑ Complete the professional preparation program in secondary education (58 credits). See the Secondary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

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