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 lecturers.

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.


Chinese Language with Chinese Studies

Learn Chinese at UCSD!

Interested in taking a Chinese language course at UCSD?

Chinese Studies courses fulfill many language and general education requirements across colleges.

Fulfill graduation requirements while learning the most commonly spoken language in the world!

Learn more about our courses here!


Career Workshops in the Humanities: 

Career Services with UC-San Diego is offering workshops in January 2018 to assist students as they plan for their careers. With industry professionals and networking opportunities, these workshops are for students who wish to translate their humanities skills and knowledge into their careers. With topics like "How to Become a Lawyer" and "How to Work in Entertainment," students will obtain the tools they need to start making good career decisions while they are still in school.

January 8-11, 2018
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Career Center

China through the Lens of Friendship Delegations in the 1970s

The UC-San Diego Library is launching a new digital collection of images of early 1970s China contributed by members of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS) Friendship Delegations. join the Library on Thursday, January 18th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the Seuss Room for a dialog and reception, featuring UC-San Diego's Paul Pickowicz and William Joseph from Wellesley College. Free to attend. RSVP required.  

January 18, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

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Student Advising

Office Hours

in HSS 1009

Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Find office hours here. 


Erin South graduated from UC-San Diego in June 2017 with a BA in International Studies-History. With her Chinese Studies minor and language skills, she has been able to take her knowledge and skills to work on global health initiatives. To learn more about Erin and how Chinese Studies can help you, click here.