Welcome to Chinese Studies at UC San Diego   


Chinese Studies at UCSD is an interdisciplinary program offering both a major and minor program that fosters an understanding of China with an emphasis on contemporary and historical research.

Students in the Chinese Studies Program will acquire valuable linguistic, cultural, political, historical, and artistic knowledge of China that will help them to succeed in their future careers. By coordinating with different departments across the university, students are able to see and learn about China from a variety of perspectives.

Chinese Studies offers intensive Mandarin Chinese language courses. The Chinese language program consists of rigorous language courses that are designed to complement a student’s linguistic background with Mandarin Chinese. Students will master the complexities of the language through expert instruction from our skilled language faculty.

UC San Diego hosts one of the strongest programs on modern Chinese culture and society in the United States, with particular interest in religion, popular culture and film.  With study abroad opportunities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, students have the chance to explore Chinese culture and language while taking courses to help them complete their degree.



CHIN 10BN: First Year Chinese, Non-Native Track
CHIN 10BD: First Year Chinese, Dialect Track
CHIN 10BM: First Year Chinese, Mandarin Track

CHIN 20BN: Second Year Chinese, Non-Native Track

CHIN 20BD: Second Year Chinese, Dialect/Mandarin Track

CHIN 100BN: Third Year Chinese, Non-Native Track
CHIN 100BM: Third Year Chinese, Mandarin Track


CHIN 169A: Medical Chinese
Beneficial for Biology majors, Public Health majors, Chemistry & Biochemistry majors, and Psychology majors. 


CHIN 185C: Reading in Chinese Society & Culture
Designed to teach expository writing in Chinese to students with near-native fluency.