Welcome to the Chinese Studies Program at UCSD 

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The Chinese Studies Program is an interdisciplinary major and minor, that fosters an understanding of China with an emphasis on contemporary and historical research. This degree allowing students to develop their own B.A. or minor using a variety of in Chinese studies courses and prepare students for a career related to China. The Program encourages an interdisciplinary approach of accepting courses from various departments that focus on history, political science, art, literature and more from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. To learn more about the full spectrum of courses on the politics, economics, society, and culture of today’s China visit this webpage: http://chinesestudies.ucsd.edu/courses/non-language.html. In addition, the Chinese Studies Program offers a wide variety and levels of Mandarin Chinese language courses. Chinese courses not only improving communication skills but they also offer a look into this marvelous culture.

The interdisciplinary nature of the program can accommodate students of a wide range of interests. In addition to our local resources, the University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP) and Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) are affiliated with various universities and language institutes in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Study Abroad courses are subject to final approval by the program director of an Undergraduate Student Petition upon completion of the course(s). Please note that at least six of the upper-division courses for the major must be taken at UC San Diego.

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. Another focal point of research and teaching is the evolution of scientific ideas and technology in pre-modern China. To learn more, explore this website and/or contact ChineseStudies@ucsd.edu.

If you are interested in earning a major or minor in Chinese Studies, click here to learn more.

For more information about learning or continuing to learn Mandarin Chinese, please be aware that you will need to take a short and informal placement interview with an available instructor. Click here to learn more.

You are welcome to view the Chinese Studies WASC approval here.

Chinese Language Placement Information

Let's Study Chinese!

Interested in taking a Chinese language course at UCSD?

For Placement Interview and to learn how to enroll in a CHIN course, click HERE.

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.

Office Hours


Click on the Calendar image to view Office Hours for CHIN Lecturers and

TAs or here

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