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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 Chinese language and culture. You will practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing as you immerse yourself in Chinese cultural activities.

So why minor in Chinese?

  • Knowledge of Chinese will enhance your job opportunities in numerous fields, including political science, national security, international relations, business, engineering, and many more.
  • With 1.19 billion native speakers, Chinese 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. Chinese characters are used in Japanese, Korean, and classical Vietnamese.
  • 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.
  • Study abroad and International Virtual Exchange opportunities allow students to immerse themselves in cultures and languages of interest.

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