Core Curriculum Program
The typical student begins in Chinese 101 (first semester Mandarin) and progresses to Chinese 201 to complete the Core Curriculum requirement.
However, students with a strong background in Mandarin Chinese (having studied it previously or learned it in a non-academic setting) may be able to skip 101, and begin with Chinese 102 (second semester Mandarin).
Students who have completed Chinese 102 at any college or university may satisfy the requirement by taking only Chinese 201 (third semester Mandarin).
We offer very advanced students the opportunity of taking our own Competency Exam in lieu of 201. To learn more, please use the Dept. Home link below and then click on "Competency Exam."
Note: Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Chinese class at USD or elsewhere.
While we do not offer a minor, students with an interest in Chinese may declare a minor in Asian Studies. Click on the link to the left to visit that site.