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Mandarin Chinese

With well over one billion speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. China, in turn, occupies a unique status in the 21st century as the center of an ancient civilization that is also an increasingly dominant power in global economics and politics.


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Mandarin Language at Wheaton College

Artist's sealMandarin instruction at Wheaton offers students the chance to explore this fascinating culture and language under the guidance of instructors who are intimately familiar with the needs of North American foreign language learners.

Students gain a first exposure to Chinese society, and are able to advance to a basic proficiency level (and meet the general education foreign language competency requirement) in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Involvement in ministry and service in the Chinese community in the Chicago area and participation in other on—and off—campus academic programs provides students with the opportunity to further develop their linguistic and intercultural skills.

Wheaton Chinese Program is launching the new Mandarin Chinese Major in fall 2018.  Mandarin Course Information 

Requirements for a minor in Chinese are 20 credit hours of Chinese beyond the intermediate level.  Required courses are CHIN 331 and 332.  Study abroad is also required.   Additional hours should be selected in consultation with a department adviser. Not all of the courses that are available for the minor are offered every year.  Early and careful planning is advised.

Mandarin Chinese Program