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Spelman Chinese Studies Faculty Zhengbin Lu

Chinese Studies

Why Study Chinese?

Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, with over one billion speakers. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. It is also one of the Critical Languages identified by the State Department—languages that are critical for U.S. national security and economic prosperity. U.S.-China relations are the most important bilateral relations in the world. Many challenges our world is facing—from climate change to nuclear proliferation—require the two countries' cooperation.

Proficiency in Chinese language and culture will enable you to communicate with more than one billion people. It will give you an edge in the job market and will open more windows of opportunity for you.

What Courses are Available?

Spelman College offers an array of courses in Chinese language and culture. These courses fulfill several requirements respectively: the college language requirement, the Asian Studies minor with a Chinese concentration, and the Chinese Studies minor (under construction).

The Chinese language courses are offered in sequence from elementary Chinese I to Advanced Chinese II. Students should take them in this order.

  • Chinese artElementary Chinese I: Chinese 101
  • Elementary Chinese II: Chinese 102
  • Intermediate Chinese I: Chinese 201
  • Intermediate Chinese II: Chinese 202
  • Advanced Chinese I: Chinese 301
  • Advanced Chinese II: Chinese 302

Content Courses

  • Understanding Modern China: Chinese 345
  • Introduction to Asian Studies: SAS200

Additionally, there are study abroad opportunities for students to take Chinese language and culture courses in Chinese-speaking countries and regions, such as mainland China and Taiwan.


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