Chinese Studies

Why Study Chinese?
  • More people in the world speak Chinese than any other language.
  • As world's economy and political order becomes increasingly integrated. China and the U.S. share more common economic and political interests.
  • For the U.S., Chinese is a "critical-need language." It is crucial to maintaining the interests of peace and prosperity both here and abroad.
  • China and its Sinophone communities around the world are also home to one of the longest continuing civilizations. The sense of cultural identity is unbroken despite periods of war, foreign conquest and turmoil. This makes China an entryway to one of humanity's richest troves of cultural, literary and philosophical ideas, artifacts and debates.
Opportunities

We offer courses in all levels of Chinese language, history, culture and civilization. If you want to immerse yourself in the study of China, you can major or minor in Chinese Studies.

To broaden face-to-face cultural understanding, we encourage you to study abroad in China. Our Chinese Language House gives you the chance to live and practice speaking with other Chinese students. We also work closely with the William & Mary Confucius Institute to spread enthusiasm for Chinese language and culture across the campus and community.