PHOTO: Shiao-ling Yu presenting a paper at the AAS-in-Asia Conference in Singapore, 17-19 July 2014   


The Chinese program currently offers three years of language instruction, conversation classes, and three Chinese culture courses taught in English. At the present, students can get a minor in Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Chinese.

In addition to on-campus course work, our students can participate in study-abroad programs in both mainland China and Taiwan, where they can experience what they learned in the classrooms. This year, two of our students are applying for State Department’s scholarship for critical languages to study in China. Another student has been accepted by the National Taiwan University to study Chinese in Taiwan. Some of our graduates are employed in international business, teach English in China, and work as magazine editors in Taiwan.The three culture courses, which cover the entire span of Chinese culture from ancient times to the present, are well-developed. Every year, more than one hundred students take these courses. We also have an online first year Chinese.



Watch third-year Chinese students performing a skit "Who Will be My Wife" (script by Shiao-ling Yu) on the World Language and Culture Day, May 14, 2014 at OSU.  

Skit #1  Skit #2 

Watch second-year Chinese students' poetry recital, songs and dances on the same day.  

Skit #3  

PHOTO: Shiao-ling Yu giving a lecture at the Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, May, 2012 


Why Learn Chinese

Chinese is spoken by one-fifth of the world’s population; it is also one of the six official languages used by the United Nations. With a population of 1.3 billion and a fast growing economy, China is becoming a major player on the world stage and the second largest trading partner of the U.S. Students with proficiency in Chinese will have the opportunity to work in international business, which commands high salaries. China is also one of the oldest civilizations in the world; her culture has exerted profound influences on other East Asian countries. For students in the humanities, knowledge of the Chinese language will enable them to study Chine se art, history, literature, and philosophy in the original language. Scholars with advanced degrees can teach in Chinese universities; even a B.A. can find good paying jobs teaching English to secondary and primary school students as more and more Chinese want to learn English. In short, learning Chinese will not only broaden your intellectual horizon but also enrich your pocketbooks. 


Students minoring in Asian Languages and Cultures will:

  1. Develop proficiency in both spoken and written Chinese or Japanese
  2. Contextualize knowledge related to the history, geography, social conditions, and cultural production of China or Japan
  3. Analyze the relationships between the cultures of China or Japan and other world cultures

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