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Bachelor of Arts in Chinese

The B.A. in Mandarin Chinese Language program requires a total of 30 credits (excluding CHN 101/111 and 102) in Chinese. You must complete six credits in Chinese literature and civilization, at least three of which must be taken at the 400 level. You must also complete one additional 400-level Chinese course.

In addition, you must take six credits in Chinese/Asian history, Chinese/Asian politics, or Chinese/Asian philosophy offered in English through other departments. You must choose these six credits from the courses listed below, which can be counted towards the General Education requirement, or from other courses on Chinese culture and civilization as approved by the section head.

Curriculum Sheets for the B.A. in Chinese  |  Course Descriptions | Curriculum Map

The requirement for a Chinese minor is 18 credits, 12 of which must be at the 200-level or above. The beginning level focuses on the fundamentals of grammar and pronunciation as well as exercises in reading, writing, and conversation. The intermediate level focuses on the development of facility in reading narrative and expository prose as well as exercises in grammar, listening comprehension, and speaking.

For all inquiries about the Chinese major or minor, please contact Dr. Wayne Wenchao He at

Special Programs

Supported by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, the URI Chinese Language Flagship Partner Program is an intensive undergraduate program for highly motivated students preparing for global careers. Flagship Scholars earn a Bachelor’s degree in a chosen academic discipline (engineering, business, political science, textile and fashion merchandising, etc.) while working to achieve superior language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese (as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Flagship Scholars are committed to the highest standard of language learning and are part of a prestigious group of students at a small number of universities across the country. Learn more »

For all inquiries about the Chinese Flagship Program, please contact Graduate Assistant Ai Chang Guo  at

Chinese IEP students take a Chinese course each semester alongside their chosen engineering curriculum. Most students begin their studies at the initial beginner course, CHN 101. Students in the program work toward a BS degree in any engineering discipline and a BA in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish. Chinese IEP students complete Chinese language study at both URI and Zhejiang University and enroll in additional appropriate Asian Studies courses in departments such as history and philosophy. Learn more »

For all inquiries about the Chinese IEP, please contact Dr. Sigrid Berka at

CHINESE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROGRAM (IBP)This program is designed to prepare students for international careers. The program meets the needs of business and industry in the rapidly evolving global workplace. It provides the opportunity to earn simultaneous degrees; a BS in Business Administration with a major in one of the seven business disciplines and a BA in German, Spanish, French, or Chinese.

IBP students study language and culture each semester along with their business curriculum. In the fourth or fifth year of the five-year program, they then go abroad as interns with participant firms in Asia, Europe or Latin America, and also as exchange students with one of our partner universities. Learn more »

For all inquiries about the Chinese IBP, please contact Dr. Shaw Chen at


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Undergraduate BA in Chinese and Secondary Education
Students in the Secondary Education program take a professional sequence of Education courses as well as courses in Chinese. Successful completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree and an initial teaching certificate for grades 7-12 in Chinese (possible dual degree in Chinese and secondary education).

MA/Teacher Certification Program in Chinese
The Master of Arts in Education with Teacher Certification Program (MATCP) in Chinese is for students seeking initial Rhode Island Teacher Certification while working toward a master’s degree in Education. This program is for candidates who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree and who wish to obtain a Rhode Island Teacher Certificate. Admission to this program requires that you submit a Graduate School Application and complete an interview and Admissions Portfolio process.

For all inquiries about the URI Chinese Teacher Certification Program, please contact Dr. JoAnn Hammadou at

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