Asian Languages (Chinese)  (Minor)

China continues to rise as an economic power, and so can your value in the marketplace when you're fluent in Chinese. Your deep understanding of a culturally rich nation, earned through the minor in Chinese, will add depth and value to your major.

Program Description

Students pursuing the minor in Asian languages with a focus in Chinese gain an understanding of the language, literature and cultures of China. Students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program to enhance their education and overall minor experience.

Highly motivated students interested in learning Chinese to professional-level proficiency while simultaneously pursuing the Asian languages minor with a focus in Chinese and undergraduate major of their choice are encouraged to apply to the Chinese Language Flagship Program.

Career Opportunities

A minor enables students to enhance the marketable skills and knowledge they acquire in their major program and to also develop additional competencies.

A minor in Chinese studies helps students with communication and cultural competency skills as they pursue careers in political analysis, education, tourism and hospitality, the military and sociology or marketing.

Contact Information

School of International Letters and Cultures | LL 440 | 480-965-6281

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BA in Asian languages (Chinese); BA in Asian languages (Chinese) --- Chinese flagship; BA in business (Chinese language and culture)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Students who wish to add a minor in Asian Languages with a focus in Chinese to the bachelor's degree program they are pursuing may do so by contacting the School of International Letters and Cultures advising office.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Enrollment Requirements

The minor in Asian languages (Chinese) consists of 18 credit hours, of which 12 credit hours must be upper-division.

Course substitutions are allowed for heritage and advanced speakers of the language.

Required Courses -- 10 credit hours

CHI Electives -- 8 credit hours

CHI 201: Second-Year Chinese I (G) AND CHI 202: Second-Year Chinese II (G) or CHI 210: Intensive Chinese II (6)

Notes: CHI 201 and CHI 202 grant 5 credit hours each. The extra 4 credits earned will be applied to the minimum 120 credit hours needed for graduation. Students may opt to take CHI 210 Intensive Chinese II, an 8 credit hour course equivalent to CHI 201 and CHI 202. The extra 2 credits earned will be applied to the minimum 120 credit hours for graduation.

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

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