Major and Minor in Chinese

The Chinese program offers undergraduates a major, minor, and study abroad option. A full course listing is available on the GW Bulletin.


Major in Chinese

Requirements for the Major: The following requirements must be fulfilled:

  1. The general requirements of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Prerequisite courses: CHIN 1001, 1002, 2003, and 2004 or equivalent.
  3. Required courses for the major:
    • CHIN 3105-6
    • CHIN 3109-10
    • CHIN 3111-12
    • CHIN 4107 or 4108
    • CHIN 4119W or 4121W or 4122W
    • Three additional upper-level courses (at least 9 credit hours) chosen from: CHIN 3123, 3124, 3136W, 3171, 3172, 3173, 4108, 4119W, 4122W, 4179, 4180W, 4185, 4186W, 4198, 4199
    • Two upper-level courses (at least 6 credit hours) outside the program, chosen from ANTH 3705; EALL 3811, 3814, 3821, 3831; ECON 2169; AH 2190; HIST 3610, 3611, 3614, 3615; IAFF 2091; JAPN 3111, 3112, 3162; KOR 3111, 3112; PSC 2370, 2371, 2475; REL 3601, 3811, 3814, 3821, 3831; WSGG 3136W

Course Planning: You may download the worksheet for your course planning. Please make an appointment to meet with an advisor for course planning and approval:

Profile: Please fill out the Major Profile Form on Quia as soon as you have declared our major.

Proficiency Tests: Please be advised that you may be given proficiency tests periodically by your Chinese course instructors to ensure you meet the degree requirements. Consult your advisor for details.

Study Abroad Program: If you are going to participate in a study abroad program, please discuss your plans with your major advisor as soon as possible. We highly recommend the ACC and CET overseas program (semester or semester+semester) for best results. For more information, please check our Study Abroad Information Page


Minor in Chinese

Required for the Chinese minor:

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

  1. The general requirements of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Prerequisite courses: CHIN 1001, 1002, 2003, and 2004 or equivalent
  3. Chinese language proficiency (3 courses; each course with no less than 3 credits):

Students who are placed out of any of the above courses should take other upper-level courses within the Chinese program as approved by a Chinese program adviser to fulfill the degree requirement.

  4. Chinese language and literature courses (3 courses; each course with no less than 3 credits), chosen from the following. At least one course must be in Chinese literature.

Notes: 

  1. You must complete half of the required courses (i.e., 9 credits) and the required WID courses while in residence at GW.
  2. In order to earn the Chinese minor, you have to earn a grade of C- or above in all of the six required courses.

Departmental Approval: Please see Prof. Liana Chen for questions related to minoring in Chinese. Students are encouraged to seek advising as soon as possible for early course planning. Students who plan to transfer overseas credits should also contact Prof. Hang Zhang or Prof. Liana Chen for pre-departure advising.

Profile: Please fill out the Minor Profile Form on Quia as soon as you have declared your minor.

Study Abroad Program: Students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program. We recommend these programs for minors: ACC (Beijing), CET (Beijing, Kunming), and CSI (Beijing, The Immersion Program only). For more information, please visit our Study Abroad Information Page.