Chinese Language and Literature

GW’s program in Chinese language and literature equips students with an oral and written proficiency in Chinese and an understanding of Chinese history, literature and culture through language, literature and film courses.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Related areas of study include Korean, Arabic and Japanese

What can I expect to learn in the Chinese Language and Literature program at GW?

The program teaches the Chinese language, both the contemporary vernacular language (Mandarin pronunciation) and the classical literary language. It also explores the history of Chinese culture and literature.

What is the Chinese Language and Literature learning community like at GW?

The community includes a mix of American students learning from scratch, heritage speakers from Chinese families and students of advanced language and literature from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere.

What can I do in the Chinese Language and Literature field?

Graduates enter fields such as international diplomacy, international business, the U.S. Foreign Service and education—to teach Chinese in the United States or teach English in a Chinese community abroad. They may work at agencies such as the CIA or U.S. State Department or pursue a graduate degree in Chinese language, literature and culture.

Study with Scholars

Students study with renowned scholars including Professor of Chinese Jonathan Chaves, a prominent author and lecturer on Chinese and Japanese culture and poetry.

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