Zhihui Sophia Geng, Associate Professor
Office: Richarda P38, CSB
Phone: 320 363-5786
Chinese Course Offerings
The Chinese Language and Culture Program started in the fall of 1968 as part of the Tri-College East Asian Studies Program. It is one of the earliest Chinese language and culture programs in the state of Minnesota.
The following courses serve to fulfill the global language requirement at CSB/SJU:
- Chinese 111 (Elementary Chinese I)
- Chinese 112 (Elementary Chinese II)
- Chinese 211 (Intermediate Chinese I)
We also offer the following upper division classes:
- CHIN 212 (Intermediate Chinese II)
- CHIN 311 (Chinese Conversation/Composition I)
- CHIN 312 (Chinese Conversation/Composition II)
- MCLT 315: Chinese Literature in Translation
Fulfills humanities, intercultural and gender requirements of the common curriculum, and counts toward the Chinese minor (through the MCL Department), Asian Studies major and minor (through the Asian Studies Program)
- GEND 290B Chinese Women in Literature
Fulfills humanities, intercultural and gender requirements of the common curriculum. Also counts toward the Chinese minor (through the MCL Department), Asian Studies major and minor (through the Asian Studies Program), and Gender Studies major and minor (through the Gender Studies Program)
The Chinese Minor Program
We offer a Chinese minor (20 credits) through the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL).
This includes the following classes:
- CHIN 211 (4)
- CHIN 212 (4)
- CHIN 311 or 312 (4)
- MCLT 315
- One Chinese studies course from the Asian Studies Program or the Gender Studies Department, such as GEND 290 B: Chinese Women in Literature, HIST 316: China in Revolution, 1800-1949, and HIST 317: The People's Republic of China
There are numerous opportunities throughout each semester for students to engage in cultural activities on campus. Among those events are the Dumpling Social, Chinese Corner, and Movie Night.
Making Chinese dumplings at the Dumpling Social
Study Abroad in China
Students at CSB/SJU have the option of studying in China for an entire semester or for a three-week summer term.
As a study abroad student in China, you have the opportunity to admire Chinese traditions in calligraphy and painting, to participate in Wushu or martial arts, and to appreciate the natural beauty of the rural countryside, and bamboo forests of the panda.
- Explore the cultural heritage and historical richness of China.
- Travel to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Zhanjiang, Xuwen, and Hainan Island.
- Be introduced to intercultural communication, Chinese language, Chinese history, and Chinese culture.
- Stay with a Chinese host family.
- Participate in the traditional forms and rituals of martial arts.
May Term to Mainland China and Hong Kong
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Chinese Language and Culture Program emphasizes enhancing students' research skills to help prepare them for independent or collaborative research in Asia-related fields.
CSB/SJU students participating in the Fan Dance at Geng Cun, "the #1 Storytelling Village in China."
Great Reasons to Study Chinese
- One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world.
- China is one of the world's oldest and richest continuous cultures, over 5000 years old! Language opens the door for you to get to know this great culture.
- China is the second largest economy in the world. With China's fast growing economy, knowing Mandarin Chinese is a critical skill necessary to conduct international business, political, and cultural exchange.
The Chinese Program at CSB/SJU offers students a chance to discover the unique Chinese culture and language, whether through on-campus courses, events, and activities, or through semester-long and shorter-term study abroad programs.