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"If I had any tips for other students who have yet to take advantage of this opportunity [to take the STAMP test], I would tell them it is definitely worth it! It saves time, money, and lets you focus on classes in your major by fulfilling this language requirement faster."

-Emily (Class of 2019)

Chinese learner, Larry Conrad, at the Chinese Calligraphy Exhibit.Chinese Calligraphy ExhibitSpring 2016 Chinese Dumpling PartyStudents participating in Chinese paper cutting.The performers and organizers of the Spring 2016 Taiji Showcase.Ariana Roth (left) and Allison Kessler (right) performing at the Spring 2016 Taiji Showcase.Professor Scott Stroot's demo at the Taiji Showcase

Chinese learner, Larry Conrad, at the Chinese Calligraphy Exhibit.

The Chinese Calligraphy Exhibit

The Chinese Calligraphy Exhibit Participant Winners

Spring 2016 Chinese Dumpling Party

Students participating in Chinese paper cutting.

The performers and organizers of the Spring 2016 Taiji Showcase.

Ariana Roth (left) and Allison Kessler (right) performing at the Spring 2016 Taiji Showcase.

Professor Scott Stroot's demo at the Taiji Showcase


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 2016, over 60 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.


Degree Scenarios

If you are seeking a degree in Chinese at WKU, there are several paths you can take to reach this goal. A 36-hour Chinese major can be finished within two to four years. Click here to see sample scenarios for degree completion.

We offer full semester, bi-term, online and study abroad Chinese courses throughout the year. One course may meet your needs better than the other formats. Click here to see the schedule and frequency of course offerings.

We have worked attentively to build our curriculum around your needs as a learner of Chinese. Every Chinese class will engage you in interactive language learning experiences and hands-on cultural activities. To find more information about why you should take Chinese with us and how this major may serve you, please see our current program brochure.


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 or view our YouTube channel at


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.

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