The Chinese language program introduces students to Mandarin, the most-spoken language in the world, as well as to a culture outside of the European sphere. Learning this language will benefit the student who wishes to “think globally.”
The primary objectives of these courses are to enable the student to communicate in Mandarin, the dialect of government and education, and to appreciate Chinese civilization and culture. Collaborative classroom activities assist with the acquisition of the Chinese writing system and verbal and non-verbal communication.
Students may elect to minor in Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary program anchored in the History Department. Upper-division courses will be completed in other departments (such as History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Theology and Religous Studies). These courses are conducted in English.