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Chinese Minor

Learn About the Chinese Language, Literature & Culture.

The Department of Modern Languages offers a minor in Chinese for UMass Boston students. The courses you’ll take in this program are designed to help you learn both basic and advanced knowledge of the Chinese language, literature, and culture. If you want to explore the richness of Chinese literary and cultural traditions, this program is for you. 

This program equips you with versatile skills you can apply across many job roles. You’ll open the door to a range of career opportunities in fields such as international business, diplomacy, translation, or education. 

Expand Your Studies

How To Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Departmental Courses (15 Credits)

  • CHINSE 201 - Intermediate Chinese I 3 Credit(s)
  • CHINSE 202 - Intermediate Chinese II 3 Credit(s)
  • One other 200-level Chinese course
  • CHINSE 301 - Advanced Chinese I 3 Credit(s)
  • One other 300- or 400-level Chinese course
Note: Students who place out of CHINSE 201/CHINSE 202 must substitute one course at the 200 level or above from Chinese courses and the list of non-departmental electives.

Non-Departmental Elective (3 Credits)

Take one course from the list below. 

  • ART 258 - The Arts of China 3 Credit(s)
  • ASAMST 370 - Asian American Media Literacy 3 Credit(s)
  • ASIAN 265L - Icons of East Asia: Stereotypes, gender, and cultural history from geisha girls to martial masters 3 Credit(s)
  • ASIAN 358L - Psychology, Politics, and Philosophy in East Asia 3 Credit(s)
  • ASIAN 359L - Women in Modern China 3 Credit(s)
  • ASIAN 360L - Traditional China 3 Credit(s)
  • ASIAN 361L - The History of Modern China 3 Credit(s)
  • ASIAN 371 - Environmental Issues in China 3 Credit(s)
  • PHIL 297 - Asian Philosophy 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including five intermediate and advanced Chinese courses and one non-departmental course.

Pass/fail: No courses taken pass/fail may be applied to the minor.
Residency: All courses for the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.


Alexander Des Forges, PhD, Department Chair
McCormack Hall, 4th Floor, Room 228
Alex.Desforges [@]

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