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Chinese Studies

Study the language of one of the richest and oldest civilizations in the world. Chinese is spoken by over a billion people, and learning to speak, read and write it will widen your horizons and prove an asset in the marketplace, as the Chinese economy is now the second largest in the world.

You’ll form a solid foundation in Chinese language, literature and culture in a vital program that offers a variety of courses that also include Chinese film, martial arts and business. Take language courses that range in depth from first to the fourth-year level, and literature courses that cover the classic to contemporary. You’ll benefit from study abroad opportunities, including summer language and culture courses in Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing, that will enrich your transcultural and transnational experiences.

Whether you are studying Chinese as a new language or boosting your existing skills, you’ll develop the expertise and mindset to help you tackle many different academic and professional challenges.

What you’ll learn 

  • Learn about Chinese philosophy, culture, social practices and the language.
  • Study significant literary genres, major themes, literary techniques and discourses in Chinese literature in specific socio-historical contexts.
  • Discover a wide range of important topics, such as identity, heritage, history, media, globalization, transnationalism, and postcolonial modernity in Chinese society.

Admission Requirements

  • Students must meet the general admission requirements for all programs at York University.
  • Students entering the Honours Minor degree program must have a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (2.0 on the 4.00 GPA Scale) in their home program at York.
  • Students are required to fill in a placement questionnaire available at the counter of DLLL and pass an interview conducted by the Chinese language instructors to be allowed to enroll in the Honours Minor Program in Chinese Studies.


For academic questions contact Jia Ma