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Chinese: BA


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. 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. For more information go to

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.

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

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.

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: This is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 9,000 foreign language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.

Phi Sigma Iota: This is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. This honor society recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. These fields include foreign languages, as well as classic languages, linguistics, philology, comparative literature, bilingual education, second language acquisition, and other interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language component. Phi Sigma Iota promotes the principles of dedication, enthusiasm, and initiative at both the graduate and undergraduate level by encouraging leadership opportunities in chapter development and scholarship awards.

Chinese Club: USU's Chinese Language and Communications Club is open to any interested student on campus. The club meets to engage in social activities and discuss academic topics, job opportunities, and compete and participate in a number of different activities with organizations around campus.

Labs, Centers, Research

With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. USU’s Honors Program prepares students for excellent graduate programs by helping them build relationships with professors, participate in research projects, take smaller, more intensive classes, and develop leadership skills.

Technology Assisted Language Center: This center serves primarily as a self-paced, language practice facility for students majoring in foreign languages.