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Program Information

More than twice as many people speak Mandarin Chinese as any other language in the world.  Chinese language and culture is indeed one of the most important global languages today, and is an asset to anyone engaged in international business, has an interest in government service, or is curious about the richness of a vast and layered culture mixed with a vibrant, bustling contemporary society.

At Washington State University, the Chinese program offers three years of Chinese (mandarin) language study, with Chinese and Asian culture courses taught in English.  Students can major or minor in Chinese,   Currently, we have students pursuing the Chinese minor or major with additional interests in philosophy and martial arts, International Business, Engineering, English teachers, and many other diverse areas.

In the Pacific Northwest, there is more trade with Chinese-speaking nations than with any other place on the globe, and this is only increasing.  Learning Chinese language is one of the highest skill priorities for the FBI, CIA, NSA, and Foreign Service.  The links between China and the United States are of vital interest to all.  Blending Chinese with a variety of other majors and career pursuits will offer the enterprising student the additional language skills necessary for success in this increasingly competitive marketplace.

For additional program information and to view an example of schedule for studying Chinese, click here.

Study Abroad

China is a vast civilization dating back several thousand years. Exploring this fascinating culture, its people and geography is affordable, and students can gain course credit while abroad.

There are several excellent opportunities for study abroad in china; Beijing (intensive language), Harbin (intensive language), Chengdu (Sichuan University) and (Southwest University for Nationals), and Shanghai (Shanghai University, Yanchang campus).

For information about study abroad programs, visit the Office of International Programs Study Abroad Programs.

Special Critical Language Scholarships-Chinese language offered

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an immersive summer opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.  Each summer, American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities across the country, spend eight to ten weeks learning one of fourteen languages at an intensive study abroad institute. The CLS Program is designed to promote rapid language gains and essential intercultural fluency in regions that are critical to U.S. national security and economic prosperity.To learn more, review the Critical Language Scholarship webpage.

Meet Our Chinese Program Faculty


For more information about the Chinese Program at WSU, please contact and/or make an appointment with Laurie Heustis, advisor, at 509-335-8731 or