Major & Minor Information

Chinese Language & Culture, B.A.

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55-64 credits

In the last few years, a clear trend has appeared among students studying Chinese at Western: more than half are interested in pursuing a career related to China in such fields as business, finance, environment, or public service. To prepare those students to succeed in reaching their career goals, it is essential for them to develop not only language competence but more importantly cultural competence so as to warrant effective intercultural communication. It is evident that a major with combined elements of Chinese language and culture would be much more appealing and beneficial to our students than a language/literature major. 


This major is designed to develop advanced proficiency in both Chinese language and culture with the goal of placing students in a competitive position in this increasingly globalized world.  The rigorous curriculum of this major focuses on training students in the communicative skills and in cultural awareness that are essential for success in their career pursuits in business, education, public service, and technology, related to China, Chinese people and Chinese language.

How to Declare (Admission and Major Declaration Process):

Students can declare this major at any time, but must meet with a Chinese major advisor prior to declaration. For Chinese major advisor information, contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at 360-650-3918.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major courses; a GPA of 2.5 or above in major is required.


Chinese Language Minor

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24 credits

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Make an appointment with the Chinese faculty advisor.

When meeting with the advisor, you should bring:

  • An “Official Declaration of Minor” form (available at the Department Office)
  • Documentation for any study-abroad credits earned


Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors. A GPA of 2.50 or above in minor language is required.