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China Studies Advising Information

China Studies Major Entrance Requirements: The student must complete one year of full-time study (24 credits minimum) or 32 credits as a part-time student.

  • General Advising Information: PDF documents specific to this program are provided below. The full course catalog, policies, textbook information, and other resources are available from the Office of the Registrar.

    For additional advising information, contact your academic advisor or visit the advising page on myWLC (log-in required). Course offerings are subject to change due to staffing, curriculum changes, or course enrollment numbers.


    1. Knowing a Second Language is Beneficial to More than Just Your Future Paycheck
      • Learning a second language builds better brains and can improve your ability to multitask and prioritize.
      • Knowing a second language builds healthier brains and can protect you from dementia and Alzheimer's.
      • Knowing a second language is a direct avenue for you to understand other societies and reflect your own.
    2. Knowing Mandarin Opens Doors to 1 Billion People
      • Mandarin has the most first-language speakers in the world. (Among them only a third are learning English.)
      • Mandarin is the official language of Mainland China, Taiwan, and one of the official languages of Singapore.
      • Knowing Mandarin significantly aids the learning of a Chinese dialect (ex. Cantonese, Hakka) and other East Asian languages (ex. Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese.)
    3. The Need for China Specialists is Urgent
      • Mandarin is a Critical Language, meaning that from business to government to education, the need is great for Mandarin specialists who have strong language abilities and a deep understanding of Chinese heritage, history, culture, and current society.
    4. Knowing Mandarin Gives You the Edge in Business
      • "China's GDP tripled between 2001 and 2011, while U.S. exports to China rose 542 percent."
      • China has the world's second-largest economy, the largest export nation in the world, and is the largest trading country.
      • China is set to surpass Mexico and Canada as the largest importer of American goods.
      • China is home to 73 of the Global 500 companies, second only to the US.
    5. Speaking Mandarin is Easier than You Think
      • Mandarin has no verb conjugation and no noun declension.
      • Like English, basic word order is Subject + Verb + Object.
      • Mandarin only has just over 400 set syllables.
      • The US and China governments have created numerous scholarships for students to go abroad and study of Mandarin.
      • In 2013, 235,000 Chinese students came to the US to study, meaning there are more opportunities than ever to practice your Mandarin.
    6. China has a Rich Culture
      • China's history stretches back 5000 years.
      • The Chinese civilization significantly influenced nearby civilizations such as Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
      • Chinese civilization has and continues to make major contributions to Art, Education, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Science and countless other areas.


    Bryam, Michael. Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence. 1997: Multilingual Matters Ltd. Bristol, PA. pg.2

    100 Thousand Strong

    China Business Handbook (pdf)

    China-United States Exchange Foundation

    Fortune Global 500

    Juggling Languages Can Build Better Brains