Chinese Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. 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 region's 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.

The minor in Chinese provides students an opportunity to study Chinese language, culture, and society beyond the basic and intermediate levels. Students who minor in Chinese are prepared for achieving working Chinese language proficiency in areas such as business administration, international relations, engineering and environmental science. A minor in Chinese will equip students with linguistic and cultural skills for graduate studies and careers in government, education, banking, localization, business management, legal service and many other professions. Alternatively, students who wish to learn more about Asia, beyond the scope of China, may elect to minor in Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences.