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China (or the Greater China that includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, the Special Administration Region of China) has increasingly become a major player on the political and economic stage in East Asia and in global politics. Its culture, philosophy, and arts have had lasting influence in the East Asian region. The opening up of China in the post-Mao era since 1976 has provided ample opportunities for scholarly pursuit, business and trade ventures, government and foreign services, and legal and other professional undertakings.

In response to the new opportunities and challenges, the Chinese Program sets forth not only to provide students with another option to meet the language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences at SU, but also to prepare those who aspire to or are interested in the exploration of careers related to China.

Currently, Chinese Program offers Chinese language courses from elementary to the advanced levels. These courses, together with courses offered by the Asian Studies Major, provide students a broad, diversified and yet focused learning experience on China. Students can also choose to minor in Chinese in addition to their major.

SU graduates with a Chinese minor have found employment as U.S. diplomatic officer in China, marketing and salespersons in companies in Hong Kong and Shanghai, teaching English and French in Chinese institutions, pursuing IMBA in the MIT-China program in Beijing, pursuing internship and careers in international businesses and non-profit organizations home and abroad.

Program Summary

To earn a minor in Chinese, students must complete 35 credits with a minimum 2.00 GPA in one modern language.

In order to receive full credit for courses in Chinese, they must be taken in the numerical sequence (CHIN 1150-CHIN 2350) as listed below. A previous course cannot be repeated to improve a grade once a higher course in the sequence is in progress or has been completed.

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Career Readiness/Skills Inventory

Being “career-ready” means that you’ve developed a range of skills that you can transfer to different settings once you graduate. At Seattle U, we take your career readiness seriously, so we’ve created an inventory and program-level map for you to help you see what skills you’re likely to practice in your major or, as in this case, as you study your first year of a language.

Learn more and find your program map here.

Formal application through the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures is required

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