What will I learn?

Chinese language study at WSU focuses on two goals:

Proficiency with reading and speaking the language; and
Knowledge of the countries and cultures where the language is spoken.

A foreign language major allows for direct access to people and cultures other than your own and provides the training necessary to flourish in a complex world where global awareness, cultural understanding, and intercultural communication are vital aspects of business, government, and education.

Strengths of the program

Chinese is an excellent complement to other disciplines, including business, communications, management and information systems, engineering, history, veterinary medicine, and agriculture.

Signature courses

CORE COURSES

All foreign language majors take courses like these in their chosen language.

Introduction to the World of Languages
Introduction to Foreign Film
Introduction to Foreign Literature
Global Theory and Regional Reality

Fourth Semester Language Study
Intermediate Reading and Translation
Intermediate Speaking and Listening
Intermediate Grammar and Writing

Advanced Speaking and Listening
Advanced Grammar and Writing

ELECTIVES

As part of your major, you'll take some courses on film, culture, or literature of the language area, taught in English. Here are just a few examples.

Asian Film
Great Asian Directors
Modern Chinese Culture
Traditional Chinese Culture
Masterpieces of Asian Literature
The Art of War

There are also elective courses taught in Chinese that will help you put your language skills to real-world use. Some examples:

Introduction to Literary Chinese
Media Chinese
Gender and Love in East Asian Culture
Chinese for the Professions

Foreign language majors must also complete either a minor in a second foreign language, a concentration of at least 16 credits in a related field, or a second major.

The foreign languages program

CHINESE MAJOR

The Chinese program offers three years of Chinese language study and several courses taught in English on Chinese and Asian culture. To major in Chinese, a student must take the minimum requirement of 34 foreign language credits.

In addition to your major language, you'll need to complete ONE of these supplemental requirements:

A minor in a second foreign language
Concentration of at least 16 credits in a field related to your major language
A second major

Careers

What you can do with a degree in foreign languages and cultures:

Translation and interpreting services
Customs and immigration
Public relations
Business
Teaching
Travel and tourism
Law enforcement
Health services
Publishing, editing
Communication

Skills you can market with a degree in foreign languages and cultures:

Ability to speak languages other than English
Cultural awareness and sensitivity
Effective written and oral communication
Reading and listening comprehension
Critical analysis and problem solving
Intellectual curiosity
Ability to work solo or as a team member
Time management and organization

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$26,312.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

15 November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Washington State University

370 Lighty Student Services Building,

PULLMAN,

Washington,

99164, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be considered for admission to Washington State University as a freshman, a student needs to complete at least 12 years of school, culminating in an appropriate secondary certificate or external examination. (We may consider the first year or two of university in some countries to be secondary level.); Schooling should include preparation in humanities, mathematics, basic sciences, and social sciences; WSU requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale) for admission as an international freshman.

For international students

To be considered for admission to Washington State University as a freshman, a student needs to complete at least 12 years of school, culminating in an appropriate secondary certificate or external examination. (We may consider the first year or two of university in some countries to be secondary level.)

Schooling should include preparation in humanities, mathematics, basic sciences, and social sciences.

WSU requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale) for admission as an international freshman.

TOEFL: 80; IELTS: 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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