Chinese Language and Culture Minor

The Department of World Languages at Alverno College is pleased to announce a new minor in Chinese Language and Culture. This minor is offered in Alverno's undergraduate weekday program.

Why study Chinese?

Did you know that China is one of the world's oldest and richest cultures? That it's the most populous nation in the world and that approximately one billion people around the world speak Mandarin Chinese, which is about one-fifth of the global population?

China is now the second largest economy in the world and one of the largest trading partners of the United States. Many US companies do business in China and have long-term investments there. Learning the language opens doors to many opportunities in fields such as politics and the economy. International business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and who understand and are familiar with the Chinese culture.

Course requirements

In addition to a four-semester, two-year sequence in Mandarin Chinese, students will take the course HUM 351: China: Culture and Civilization.

Each of the following is a three-credit course. CHI 203 and CHI 303 also may be used as a Humanities Fine Arts (FHA) 210/310 elective.

Fall Courses
CHI 103: Chinese I
CHI 203: Chinese III

Spring Courses
CHI 104: Chinese II
CHI 303: Chinese IV


Exciting Study Abroad Opportunities in China

The natural extension to Chinese language study on campus is a semester or academic year abroad. Alverno has three Chinese partners, each offering Chinese language classes in addition to other classes taught in English. The schools are:

  • Chinese Studies Institute, University of Peking, Beijing, China
  • Hong King Institute of Education
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University



Professor Douglas Wile teaches the language courses. Dr. Wile, the author of numerous books and articles on Chinese culture, comes to Alverno after many years of experience teaching Chinese language, film, literature and culture at CUNY-Brooklyn. Originally from Milwaukee, he holds a Ph.D. in Chinese language and literature from UW-Madison.


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