Chinese Language Minor

The Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chinese language minor offers undergraduates a demanding program that embraces the full range of communication skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—in Mandarin Chinese. Our program addresses the needs of undergraduates just beginning to learn the language as well as those who arrive at Haverford with several years of language experience.

Our classes are known for rigor in a nurturing learning environment that is tailored to the needs of each student. With interest in the Chinese language growing among students in all areas of study, our minor is fast becoming home to one of the most academically diverse groups of undergraduates at the College.

Curriculum & Courses

Chinese minors are required to take six semesters of Chinese language courses after matriculation at the college, and be proficient at least in Third-Year Chinese at graduation. In addition to First-, Second-, and Third-Year Chinese, we offer Advanced Chinese, a series of semester-long courses covering contemporary topics such as food, music, and language, film, and China in World War II . Students who enter the minor with Second-Year or higher language experience can hone their skills—and meet their course requirement—with multiple courses in the Advanced Chinese series. We also welcome undergraduates who come to the minor able to speak Chinese but with limited or no training in reading or writing the language. For them, we offer a specialized year-long program, the completion of which enables them to enroll in Second-Year Chinese.

  • Minor Requirements

    Chinese and Japanese Minor Requirements

    The Chinese language and Japanese language minors both require six language courses. Students  must take at least four language courses in our Bi-Co programs, and can take at most two at the  Quaker Consortium or our approved off-campus domestic or Study Abroad programs.  Candidates for the Minor are approved in consultation with the language program directors.  Students who receive above 3.0 in all language classes and complete at least one year of advanced level are eligible to receive a certification of ability in Chinese or Japanese based on  their level of achievement in the four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

    East Asian Languages and Cultures Minor Requirements

    The EALC minor requires six courses taken in the EALC department, including language  courses. The mix must include EALC 200 and one 300- level course. (BiCo co-chairs serve as  advisors.)


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