The Chinese program in GW’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures provides comprehensive study of Chinese language and culture to prepare students for careers in academics, business, government and more. We offer a Bachelor of Arts, a minor and a Master of Arts in Chinese Language and Culture. Drawing lessons from literature, art and film, our faculty equip students with oral and written proficiency in Chinese and an understanding of Chinese history and culture. Our students are actively engaged in research projects on topics ranging from classical literature to historical linguistics. Language courses cover both contemporary vernacular Mandarin Chinese and the classical literary language.

You may be interested in this promo video about the Chinese program, or these Chinese language study tips from Matt Coss here. We also regularly organize academic events, which can be found here. For updates from our graduates, please visit this page.




Why Study Chinese?


Global Business Relevance

China has been among the top three trading partners of the United States for decades. As former President Obama once said, “The relationship between the United States and China is the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century.”


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Chinese program have pursued successful careers in international diplomacy, international business, the U.S. Foreign Service, the CIA and the U.S. State Department. Many go into education, teaching Chinese in the United States or English in a Chinese community abroad. Others pursue graduate degrees in Chinese language, literature and culture.


Diverse Student Body

Our students include a mix of American students learning Chinese for the first time, heritage speakers from Chinese families and students with advanced language and literature backgrounds from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere.