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Chinese Studies


As our newest program, our minor in Chinese Studies combines language learning with an opportunity for full-immersion experience overseas—an option usually available only in B.A. programs. In class, you’ll learn Mandarin from native speakers, including visiting faculty from China, and explore Chinese culture and civilization through courses offered by several departments, such as Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Geography and Philosophy. You’ll also enjoy cultural activities close to home, like Chinese conversation groups, poetry readings, lectures by visiting scholars and Chinese film festivals.

Our unique exchange program allows you to spend an entire academic year in China in the historical city of Xi’an. You’ll return with highly functional language skills and a rich knowledge of Chinese society. Our department’s influence across the Pacific creates other opportunities as well. In 2006, seven of our students traveled to Xi’an to present papers at the fourth-annual Alexander von Humboldt Conference. And now Humboldt State has its own campus, Humboldt College, in China, leading to even greater choices for international study.

Program Description

The minor in Chinese Studies, housed in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature. It consists of a minimum of 26 credit units including core and elective classes. The minor program gives students a language experience and solid cultural base upon which to build an understanding of Chinese culture and society. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in authorized programs abroad to complete minor requirements. Selection of courses is to be made with the counsel of a Chinese Studies faculty advisor.