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Chinese Studies

University of Richmond
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
University of Richmond

Program description

Chinese Studies

Designated by the U.S. Department of State as one of the thirteen “critical languages,” Mandarin Chinese is spoken by over 900 million people. In addition to the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also spoken in Chinese communities of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As China has recently become the largest economy in the world, becoming proficient in Mandarin Chinese will open the way to different fields in Asia, enable you to communicate with Chinese speakers around the world, and to gain a multi-faceted view of one of the world’s oldest civilizations. In this era of dramatic economic, political, social, and cultural transition in the Chinese-speaking world, our students and graduates must be firmly grounded in language and culture.

The program in Chinese Studies at the University of Richmond offers a major and minor in Chinese Studies, which aim to build language competency in spoken and written Chinese and to provide interdisciplinary exposure to Chinese history, politics, literature, and art. Students who major in Chinese Studies study abroad on the UR summer program in Beijing and/or an approved semester study abroad program in a Chinese-speaking country.

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has also partnered with the Robins School of Business to offer a cross-school major in Chinese Studies and International Business. Students studying international business are required to study abroad for at least one semester.

All students must have satisfied their COM2 general education language requirements before beginning 300 level coursework. When students choose an interdisciplinary course taught in English, they are encouraged to add a Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum component to the course.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The Chinese Studies Major & Minor courses

  • Advanced Intermediate Chinese
  • Myths and Parables in Chinese Literature and Film
  • Topics in Advanced Chinese I
  • Topics in Advanced Chinese II
  • Business Chinese
  • Selected Topics


  • Modern East Asia 1600-1960
  • Chinese Revolutions
  • China Modern: 1900-1940
  • History and Memory: WWII in East Asia
  • Chinese Culture and Civilization
  • The Action Genre in East Asian Cinema
  • Revolution and Modernity in Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Cinema
  • Politics of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan
  • International Relations of East Asia
  • Body/Sex in World Religious Literature
  • Queers in Religion
  • Religion and Literature
  • Dao of Sex
  • Selected Asian Religions

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.


Skills You Will Gain as a Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Major

  • Understanding historical language change
  • Working with original sources in many fields
  • Determining the needs of others
  • Collaborating as part of a team
  • Weighing values
  • Writing clearly

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University of Richmond

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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