Benedictine University to offer minor  in Chinese language and culture

July 15, 2013

Lisle, Illinois ~ China has the second-largest economy in the world and is one of the United States’ largest trading partners. One-fifth of the world’s population speaks Chinese. Students who hope to prosper in this environment must have more than just a passing familiarity with Chinese language and culture.

Beginning with the Fall 2013 semester, Benedictine University will help prepare students for this increasingly China-centric global community – as well as travel to and business and research in China – by offering a minor in Chinese Language (Mandarin) with an option for a Chinese Culture track.

“Our students are wonderfully prepared in the sciences, education and the arts, but now they will have a very distinct advantage when they enter the workforce,” said Benedictine University President William J. Carroll, Ph.D. “They will have the added benefit of assimilating the University’s relationship with China into their own unique expertise.”

Through grant funding, Benedictine University's College of Liberal Arts began offering limited courses in Chinese language and culture during the 2009-2010 academic year. However, after increased demand from students, University officials sought to establish a program minor.

The Chinese Language minor will foster students’ awareness of the increasingly global and multi-linguistic nature of society, allow them to connect specific issues in Chinese culture and history to current trends in Chinese society, and prepare them to communicate effectively in the context of another culture.

The minor will also allow students to explore more study abroad opportunities in China. The University has formed 14 partnerships with Chinese universities. Benedictine offers master's degrees in Business Administration and Management Information Systems in China and has approximately 1,000 alumni from these programs.

In addition, a growing number of Chinese students are attending Benedictine and a reciprocal number of Benedictine students are traveling to China. Several of these U.S. students have received Chinese Government scholarships to study in the country. The Chinese Language minor would help break down some of the barriers between these groups.

A Chinese Language minor could also complement current majors such as International Business and Economics and Political Science as well as other majors where communicating across cultures is essential.

For more information on the Chinese Language minor, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300 or


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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