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Chinese StudiesMajor

Studying Chinese will prepare you for opportunities in the greater China region and the global socio-political and economic arena.


What is Chinese Studies at WVU like?


A major in Chinese Studies provides a solid liberal arts education that is the foundation for personal and professional success and growth over a lifetime. The curriculum is provides students with well-developed cognitive and communication skills and with a broad knowledge base that will enable them to pursue additional studies at the graduate level or to enter the job market in positions that will demand knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

The skills supplied by a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies complement and add value to a degree in any field. Chinese is spoken by nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, including over one billion people speaking Chinese as their native language. Learning Chinese also opens a unique window into one of the world’s most ancient civilizations that has roots extending more than 6,000 years.

Chinese Studies program highlights:

At a Glance

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What makes Chinese Studies at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

The Chinese Studies major provides generous scholarships to support participation in WVU study abroad programs, which include faculty-led summer programs and semester-long exchange programs in prestigious universities in the greater China region.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Chinese Studies graduates have secured employment in a wide range of fields. Our students gain the cultural knowledge and language skills sought after in educational institutions, service industries, entertainment industries and multinational corporations. Chinese language competence is also in high demand in other areas such as medicine, law, business and government work.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Chinese Studies major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Chinese Studies at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Chinese Studies major.

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Popular Courses

CHIN 461:
Business Chinese

Advanced training in vocabulary, sentence structures, and rhetoric in business Chinese.

CHIN 465:
Chinese Media

Advanced training in vocabulary, sentence structure, and rhetoric of Chinese media.

FCLT 210:
Chinese Civilization and Culture

This is a survey course taught in English that introduces Chinese institutions, language philosophy, religion, art, literature, family and marriage, and Chinese social etiquette.

Cost and Aid

How much does Chinese Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $417
Per Semester $5,004
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,008
Per Credit $1,133
Per Semester $13,596
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,192
Per Credit $1,133
Per Semester $13,896
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,792
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Chinese Studies at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Chinese Studies major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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