Chinese Program

Chinese Program 汉语学习

Program Director

Jing Luo
Department of Languages and Cultures

Fall 2021 (Instruction to be conducted in classrooms; study abroad in China resumes)

Chinese 101: MWF, 10:00AM-10:50AM. No prerequisite.
Continuing students may enroll directly at Incoming students may contact the Registrar's Office and request to be placed in the course.
Chinese 102: MWF, 1:00PM-1:50PM. Preparation: Chinese 101 or equivalent experience or by Placement Test.
Chinese 203: T/R, 2:00PM-3:15PM. Preparation: Chinese 102 or equivalent experience or by Placement Test.

Contact: Dr. Jing Luo (

Chinese Major (33 crs)

Chinese 101 (3crs)
Chinese 102 (3crs)
Chinese 203 (3crs) | Offered in fall.
Chinese 204 (3crs) | Offered in spring.
Langcult 200 Comparative Language Studies (offered in English) (3crs)
Langcult 400 Comparative Culture Studies (offered in English) (3crs)

Study Abroad at Beijing Normal University (BNU) and Transfer 15 Credits:
Chinese 490 Comprehensive Chinese (Reading and Writing) (6 BU credits)
Chinese 491 Conversational Chinese (6 BU credits)
Chinese 492 Chinese Listening (3 BU credits)

Chinese Minor (18 credits)

Required: Chinese 101, 102, 203, 204 (12 crs)
Electives: Choose 2 courses (6crs) from the following:

CHINESE 199, 299, 399, 499: Chinese Transfers
ARTHSTRY 346 East Asian Art
CHINESE 211 Foundations of Chinese Culture and Civilization
CHINESE 212 China Today
DIGFOR 311 Security Fundamentals
EGGS 102 World Cultural Geography
HISTORY 359 Twentieth Century China
HISTORY 392 US Diplomatic History from 1898
HISTORY 131 History of Asian Civilizations to 1500
HISTORY 132 History of Asian Civilization since 1500
HISTORY 141 Imperialism and Colonialism in Modern East Asia
LANGCULT 200 Comparative Culture Studies
LANGCULT 400 Comparative Language Studies
MKTG 380 International Marketing
MUSIC 102 World Music
POLISCI 181 Contemporary Issues in World Politics
POLISCI 280 International Relations
POLISCI 310 Government and Politics of China
POLISCI 360 Nations, States, Gov
POLISCI 368 Asian Politics
POLISCI 373 Govt China & India
POLISCI 466 IR in East Asia

Graduate News

Rachel’s Experience as an ESL Teacher in China

Pursue your passion

Deanna Nicole Barnes, a Chinese Minor I work at a public high school in the Haute-Savoie region of France right now. My international journey, however, started with my study of Chinese at BU. Chinese was really useful for me!! One of my first jobs out of college was in Beijing, I went there to teach English with a private company called EF (English First). Read Deanna's story!

Deanna Barnes


Research News

Katherine Thomas, a Chinese major, has been awarded $1,500 Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) grant for summer 2021. The funding is provided by Husky Research Corporation Student/Faculty Collaborative Projects. Her research topic is “Early Scramble – A Review of China’s Early Handling of Covid-19.” Dr. Jing Luo will be the faculty advisor. Congratulations, Katie!

Research News for Chinese Major


Upcoming Events

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month Celebration Kicks Off

Study-abroad at Beijing Normal University

Seven BU students who double-major in Chinese spent an inspiring semester at Beijing Normal University in Spring 2017. The Chinese Major requires study abroad and a transfer of 15 credits. The scene is at “The Laker’s” where international students enjoy hanging out.

From left:

Katherine Neteler, Chinese and Speech Pathology
Danielle Franklin, Chinese and Business
Alexis Mendoza, Chinese and Anthropology
Joey Waack, Chinese and Business
Ashabria Mangum, Chinese and Political Science
Jordan Collins, Chinese and Sociology (Jordan continues to study at BNU in fall 2018 beyond required courses. His endeavor is to be fluent in the language.)
Anastasia Timofeeva, Chinese and Engineering
Dr. Jing Luo

Beijing Normal University

See What They Are Doing after Graduation

Deanna Nicole Barnes, an education Major and Chinese Minor, taught in Beijing and now in France. Read her story.

Robert Lawson, Business and Chinese Major. Studied at BNU 2019.

Rees Scott, class 2020, Computer Forensics Major/Chinese Minor, got a job at forensics firm, His Chinese proficiency proved to be a highlight in job interview. Congratulations, Rees!

Jordan Collins graduated from BU in 2020 with a BA in Chinese. He is now employed by MaxEn 迈格森, an education firm in Beijing. Jordan is planning to open a brewery in Beijing with his wife, once his wife graduates from Beijing Normal University. Jordan studied at BNU where he met his wife.

Emanuel Escobar taught English in China and Japan after graduation.

Ashabria Mangum teaches in EF in Beijing.

Rachel Cimera teaches English in China.

Anastasia Timofeeva studies physics and engineering at PennState.

Study Abroad Tips