Western Kentucky University

Modern Languages: Languages


The Chinese Program in the Department of Modern Languages offers major and minor programs in Chinese. The major/minor programs were started in spring 2014. By summer 2014, over 45 students had declared a major in Chinese. We have four faculty members who support your learning of Chinese language and culture. Our Chinese majors combine language skills with knowledge of another discipline to prepare for successful careers. We hope you will join us!


Why is it important to learn Chinese?

  • Chinese is the modern language with the oldest, continuously written language in the world.
  • At the current pace of growth, China will surpass the U.S. to become the world's largest economy in 20 years.
  • A variety of career options will be open to those who have solid Chinese language skills: university scholars, teachers, international affairs, law, diplomacy, international business and trade.


Courses offered at WKU

CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I

CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese II

CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I

CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II

CHIN 301 Advanced Intermediate Chinese I

CHIN 302 Advanced Intermediate Chinese II

CHIN 306 Experiencing Chinese Abroad

CHIN 318 Intermediate Business Chinese

CHIN 320 Chinese Conversation and Composition

CHIN 333 Chinese Culture and Civilization

CHIN 401 Advanced Chinese I

CHIN 402 Advanced Chinese II

CHIN 418 Business Chinese II

CHIN 420 Advanced Chinese Stylistics


Chinese Club

The Chinese Club meets regularly for cultural and food events, such as lectures, Chinese arts, tea ceremonies, and excursions – just to name a few. Joining the club is a great way to find friends with similar interests while continuing to learn about Chinese language and culture. Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WKUChineseClub or view our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/wkuchineseprogram


Primary Contact Person

Would you like to be part of our amazing Chinese program? Ke Peng is the Chinese Program Coordinator. Contact her for questions about placement, departmental exams, majoring or minoring, prestigious scholarships, and study abroad opportunities.

 Last Modified 7/7/14