Department of Languages and Literature

The Minor in Chinese

Chinese coinBenedictine University's new minor in Chinese includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in Mandarin, the most spoken language in the world and the fastest growing language taught in schools. With China's increased prominence on the world stage, learning Mandarin can help one professionally in a variety of fields.

Students minoring in Chinese will learn the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in small, student-centered classrooms. Classes in Chinese history, religion, literature, film, and culture, which form part of the growing Chinese Studies curriculum, supplement this language coursework. Students also have the option to pursue a concentration in Cultural Studies or an Asian concentration in International Business.

Minors in Chinese have the opportunity to participate in unique faculty-led short-term study abroad experiences, which are often linked to semester courses. Past and future faculty-led study abroad courses in China include:

    • INTB 320 | Global Economics (business core elective; spring 2011, spring 2014)
    • COMM 309 | Global Journalism (spring 2012, spring 2013)
    • LITR 291 | Globalization through Chinese Literature and Film (literature core elective; spring 2014)
    • LITR 291 | Travel Writing and the Politics of Representation (literature core elective; spring 2015)

Opportunities for study abroad in China are also available through full scholarships, student exchanges, and internships.

Minor Requirements

The requirements for the minor in Chinese (Mandarin) include the successful completion of 21 credit hours, with a grade of "C" or better, of the following:

  • language sequence: CHIN 101 and CHIN 102 (Beginning Chinese), CHIN 201 and CHIN 202 (Intermediate Chinese), CHIN 211 and CHIN 212 (Advanced Chinese)
  • at least one of the following: CHIN 301 or CHIN 302

In some cases, the department may approve as a substitute for CHIN 301 or CHIN 302 an upper-level class taken through study abroad arrangements with partner programs in China but minors must have any transfer coursework approved prior to enrollment.

Minors may receive placement credit for lower-level language courses according to University policy (successful completion of the course into which they place, with a grade of "C" or better, plus approval through petition for external credit) up to a maximum of six external credit hours. However, such students are still required to earn 21 hours in order to complete the minor.

Concentrations within the Minor

Minors may also opt to take three additional 3-credit courses, some of which may be cross-listed and delivered in English, for a Cultural Studies concentration. These may include CHIN 291, when available as a study abroad experience, and either CHIN 301 or CHIN 302 (whichever has not been counted towards the minor). Concentration courses may also include approved courses taken through study abroad arrangements with partner programs in China. None of the concentration courses may double-count for the minor.


To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.

– Frantz Fanon