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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Chinese at USC

Chinese Program Director
Krista Van Fleit 

Humanities Office Building 811a

Welcome to the Chinese Program at the University of South Carolina! Chinese is one of the world’s most important languages: over one billion people, or fifteen percent of the world’s population, speak Chinese as a native language. The growing importance of China’s economy, along with long-established centers of commerce and culture in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, and Singapore, attract many students eager to learn about Chinese culture and the Chinese language.

In fall 2014 USC opened our new major, the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Chinese Studies. Between this new major and the Minor in Chinese Studies, we offer a growing range of courses on Chinese culture and four years of instruction in Mandarin Chinese. Students in our Minor in Chinese Studies program have won prestigious grants and awards such as the Critical Languages Scholarship and the Fulbright scholarship, and we believe students of the new major in Chinese Studies will be even more successful.

The four core faculty members in the Chinese program are distinguished scholars who offer courses in Chinese culture that range from medieval poetry to contemporary film, drama, and media. Our core faculty are also committed to teaching Chinese language at all levels.

Language instruction in the Chinese program is also supported by the Confucius Institute at USC. Our Confucius Institute partner, Beijing Language and Culture University, is a premier institution for the teaching and learning of the Chinese language and is the home of China’s most well-established program for teaching Chinese to foreign students.

Every semester the program sponsors academic and cultural events either independently or in collaboration with the Confucius Institute, the Center for Asian Studies, or other organizations in the university. Extracurricular classes of Chinese art, taichi, calligraphy, and so on are frequently conducted by the program’s instructors and invited experts. The globally-recognized HSK (Hanyu shuiping kaoshi) test is given annually. Students are encouraged to take part of these activities and events to learn the language and culture naturally and effectively.