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.


Chinese Studies - Special Topics in Mandarin Chinese 

CHIN 165A - Business Chinese

Basic training in oral and written communication skills for business, including introduction to modern business terminology and social conventions.

Helpful for students studying International Business, International Economics, Business, & Accounting

CHIN 185A - Readings in Chinese Culture and Society

Designed for students who want advance language skills, this course will enlarge students' vocabulary and improve students' reading skills through studies of original writings and other media on Chinese culture and society, past and present.

Helpful for students studying International Studies - Anthropology, International Studies - Sociology, History, & advanced level Mandarin speaking students.

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!


Associate Professor of Literature and Chinese Studies faculty member Ari Larissa Heinrich is pleased to announce the publication of their new book, Chinese Surplus: Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Medically Commodified Body (Duke University Press), which examines transnational Chinese aesthetic production—from the earliest appearance of Frankenstein in China to the more recent phenomenon of "cadaver art"— to demonstrate how representations of the medically commodified body can illuminate the effects of biopolitical violence and postcolonialism in contemporary life.
Available now for purchase on the Duke University Press website


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Student Advising

Office Hours

in HSS 1009

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

& by appointment

Find office hours here.