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Mandarin Chinese

  • Performed in yellow outfit
    China Night 2017

  • China Night dancer in blue dress
    China Night 2017

  • China Night martial arts performance
    China Night 2017

  • China Night 2017
    China Night 2017

  • China Night, young girl in ballerina outfit
    China Night 2017

Faculty Advisor for Mandarin Chinese

Why Study Mandarin Chinese?

Minors Offered

Course Offerings

Certificates Offered

Elementary Mandarin Chinese Certificate 
Course Number and Title Credits
CHINESE 101 Elementary Mandarin Chinese I4
CHINESE 102 Elementary Mandarin Chinese II4
Total 8

Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Certificate 
Course Number and TitleCredits
CHINESE 101 Elementary Mandarin Chinese I 4
CHINESE 102 Elementary Mandarin Chinese II4
CHINESE 201 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I4
CHINESE 202 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese II4
Total 16


Chinese Placement Exams

To arrange a Placement Interview contact Dr. Sharon Wei, L141G, 426-1059 or e-mail

Credit for Prior Learning

Once a student enrolls in and successfully completes a language course beyond the 101 level with a grade of  C- or higher, he or she may petition to receive credit for all courses prerequisite to the level successfully completed.  For example, a student who successfully completes CHINESE 201 may receive credit for CHINESE 101 and CHINESE 102. See the detailed explanation of Challenge Exams and Credit for Prior Learning.

World Languages Resource Center

Located next to the department offices in the Library, Room L-144, students studying a world language have access to state-of-the art equipment in the World Languages Resource Center. Whether taking a study break in between classes or completing a research project, the Center is dedicated to providing tools and services to language students. A computer lab provides access to authentic resources such as online journals and newspapers from around the world, specialized software and recording tools. The Center also hosts a collection of more than 1,200 films for student checkout, along with mobile tablets for use in and out of the classroom.

Most 100- and 200- level language courses require lab participation such as video, conversation, and computer activities in the Language Resource Center, for which students pay an additional laboratory fee. Computer resources include word processing and internet search capability in Chinese.

Classes taught in English:

FORLNG 320 CHINA TODAY (3-0-3)(F/S). Survey of contemporary China including cultural and historical roots, nation-building efforts, political, economic and social systems, and domestic and foreign policies. Discussion of Hong Kong, Tibet, and Taiwan.  Prereq: HIST 121.

FORLNG 321 CHINESE CULTURE THROUGH FILM (3-0-3)(F/S)Screening and discussion of films from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong for their historical, cultural, thematic, and aesthetic content in the context of modern Chinese cultures.  Prereq: HIST 121. Practice your language skills with other foreign speakers!

China Night, 2015, Spring, February 23, Jordan Ballroom, Brian Angers Photos