You can take language courses on campus, study in China for a semester or year, work as a language counselor at the Concordia Language Villages and participate in an internship using your Chinese language skills.

Programs of Study

Whether you want to concentrate on the Chinese language exclusively or pair it with another major – such as global studies or business – you’ll be able to tailor your studies to your needs.

Major or Minor in Chinese Language and Cultures

We’ll help you find an internship in China or an independent study project that combines your research interests. Mentoring along the way will ensure you make the most of your Chinese studies at Concordia.

Major in Chinese Education

This major will prepare you to teach Chinese to students in grades K-12.

Major in Elementary Education with an add-on endorsement in World Languages

Optional endorsement for elementary education majors.

Special Opportunities

Semester in China

Spend a semester at a university in China. You’ll take courses, travel, and meet new friends while using your Chinese in a very real setting – every day.

It’s just one of many life-changing experiences you can have through Concordia’s Mandarin Chinese program. We currently offer study abroad programs at two Chinese universities – United International College in Zhuhai and Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing. While you’re in China, we can also help you find an internship – a chance to make some valuable connections in your field that could lead to future job possibilities.

Concordia Language Villages

You can also work as a language counselor at the Chinese Language Village in Minnesota lakes country. Help young people learn the language and experience the culture through summer immersion programs. At Sēn Lín Hú, you’ll use your Chinese from the moment you wake up each morning until you go to sleep.


Business, finance, healthcare, education, media, computer science, and mathematics are just a handful of fields benefiting from the study of Mandarin.

Graduates of the Chinese program will walk away with strong Chinese language skills, developed through rigorous courses and multiple opportunities for hands-on learning at Concordia Language Villages, rich study abroad experiences or even internships.

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students seeking licensure to teach Chinese must also fulfill the requirements for a major in education. See the education section for requirements. For additional information about the teaching licensure in Chinese, see the chair of world languages and cultures or the chair of education.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

  • 24 additional credits beyond CHIN 212

Concordia currently offers a limited number of upper-division courses, so study off campus is necessary to complete the Chinese Language and Cultures major. Students have a number of opportunities to earn the required credits. Most students will study abroad, some will choose to take advantage of the cooperative education opportunities at Concordia Language Villages, and others may transfer in approved courses from other colleges. Please consult with the chair of world languages and cultures to evaluate your options and determine the best course of study for you.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

12 additional credits beyond 212. These may be taken either on campus or abroad.

Jenna Otto '16

The three years I was in Zhuhai deeply impacted my life. I made friends from China and around the world. I learned the Chinese instrument guqin, which led me to wonderful teachers, places, and friends. My teaching assistant internship challenged me beyond my limits, teaching me about educational management and the importance of efficiency. I never thought diving into Chinese learning would take me so far past the language requirements, but here I am with new skills and friends from everywhere.

Fulbright Scholar

Alex Rankin ’19 was Concordia’s first student to graduate with a double major in Chinese and education. Following graduation, she was an English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan through the Fulbright Scholarship Program.



Dr. Gay Rawson

Chair, World Languages and Cultures; Professor of French French, World Languages and Cultures, Women's and Gender Studies