Chinese Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at

The Chinese language program introduces students to Mandarin Chinese, which is the most commonly spoken language in the world and an official language of China, Taiwan, and Singapore. The curriculum promotes language learning in a rich cross-cultural context that involves exploring the values, attitudes, and beliefs of contemporary Chinese society as well as aspects of the regions' literature, arts, politics, and history. Students develop communicative proficiency in all basic skills, and 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 or to major in interdisciplinary humanities with a concentration in Chinese in either the Asian Studies or Humanities track. Upper-division courses will be completed in disciplines such as history, philosophy, political science, and theology and religious studies. These courses are conducted in English. With the prior permission of their directors, CHIN 294, CHIN 394 and CHIN 499, may be counted toward the requirements of both programs.

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