Chinese - BA

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About This Degree

The goal of the Chinese program at USU is to prepare students for a high level of proficiency in professional and academic contexts. Mandarin Chinese is emphasized in the program.

What You Will Learn

Majors take language courses in which they develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills; culture and literature courses where they learn about the traditions and perspectives of Chinese-speaking communities; and business and translation courses, which offer practice-oriented preparation for the job market.

They also have the option to participate in study abroad programs in China or Taiwan, where they gain proficiency in Chinese and experience exciting travel opportunities.

The faculty members in the Chinese program have culturally diverse expertise in language, literature, and culture which helps majors gain a solid grounding in Chinese language and culture and prepares them to function effectively in a variety of careers and as members of the international community. 

Chinese teaching: There is a Chinese minor with an emphasis on teaching Chinese for students who wish to obtain licensure to teach in secondary schools. This emphasis includes courses in language history, the interaction of language and society, and teaching methodologies.


At a Glance

College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: World Languages and Cultures Department

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Learn More: Program website

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in Chinese, students may pursue the following careers:

  • Translator or interpreter
  • Customs worker
  • Government translator
  • Immigration services
  • Language teacher or tutor
  • Social services
  • International business or development
  • Peace Corps
  • Tour guide

Job Outlook



We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the Chinese program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring for other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major.

Program Requirements

See the University Catalog for course listings and degree requirements.

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