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Chinese Language Minor

The ability to speak and read another language expands our range of cultural competency and communication, but also enriches our understanding of the world and our own culture.

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Program Overview

The program introduces you to the Chinese language. You will practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Chinese culture is integrated throughout the program. So why minor in Chinese?

  • With 1.19 billion native speakers, it is the number one spoken language in the world. Learning Chinese allows you to communicate with 20% of the world's total population.
  • China has the second largest economy in the world, and the largest global market in the 21st century.
  • The Chinese written language has over 4,000 years of continuous history.
  • Grand Valley has a Chinese language and Culture club, with regular activities throughout the year, including cultural events, movies, and study sessions.

Why Study Modern Languages and Literatures at Grand Valley?

Grand Valley State University has unique benefits and resources that give language students an enhanced learning experience and level of expertise.

  • Our Language Resource Center provides students with interactive, effective, and enjoyable ways to learn.
  • The department's experienced and dedicated faculty offer individual assistance to students.
  • The in-house study abroad program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and language they are studying.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this minor study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Coursework covers all aspects of language and related cultures, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Required courses for the Chinese language minor:

  • CHI 202 - Intermediate Chinese II: Language and Culture
  • CHI 301 - Advanced Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHI 302 - Advanced Intermediate Chinese II

Complete the minor with 12 credits of elective courses such as Practical Chinese, Classical Chinese, Chinese literature and culture, and study abroad. Study abroad courses can count for up to but no more than six credits.

Career Options

Language majors and minors have a diverse assortment of careers available to them in fields like:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government
  • International relations
  • Health professions
  • Social work

For More Information

Modern Languages and Literatures
Mackinac Hall B-2-243
(616) 331-3203

Admissions and Recruitment Office