China has the world's oldest living civilization, and its culture has had significant impact on its neighboring countries. Now China is rapidly becoming a major player in world politics, and its economy is expanding
fast. Not only is China a country that one must interact with politically, economically, and culturally, it also provides opportunities to the world in business, scholarly research, and within many other contexts. Mandarin
Chinese (or Putonghua) is the official language.
The Chinese curriculum provides a solid foundation for an understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse culture of China. The language (Mandarin Chinese) and culture courses offered are useful to students
who aspire to an East Asia-related academic or professional career in education, government, communication, business, or other fields in the United States and abroad.
The curriculum of the Chinese program includes:
Courses designed to develop or improve competence in spoken and written Chinese
Courses for the advanced study of Chinese language and culture