Designed for students with no previous knowledge of Chinese, this course provides an introduction to the basic elements of modern vernacular (Mandarin) Chinese. Emphasis will be on basic grammar, vocabulary, written characters, listening comprehension and pronunciation. Students will also be introduced to various aspects of Chinese culture.

CHI 101 and CHI 102 are elective courses for any student but will not satisfy the language requirements for specific programs (International Studies, Liberal Arts, etc.).  Students in these programs may take courses in the other languages offered by the MLA department (German, Japanese, and Spanish) as these languages have course options at the required intermediate and advanced levels.

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General Interest Students

If you are interested in taking part-time courses without formally entering a certificate or degree program at the University, you must apply for part-time general interest student status through Continuing Education.

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For the complete list of courses and more details, see the Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures section of the Academic Calendar.


For more information, please contact the Chair of the Department.