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Watch the video below to see UCSD students, Noble and Kathleen, talk about the Chinese Studies Program not only helping them learn Chinese Mandarin but also expanding their cultural knowledge of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and more.

Student Advising Office Hours in HSS 1009

Monday thru Fridays
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
& 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Office Closed for Lunch
12 pm - 1:10 pm

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Ming Studies & History

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Welcome to the UCSD Chinese Studies Program


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The Chinese Studies Program combines historical understanding with an emphasis on modern and contemporary China. The Department of History has a strong specialization in late imperial and modern China. A full spectrum of courses on the politics, economics, society, and culture of today’s China are offered via other departments at UC San Diego. Another focal point of research interest is visual culture and cultural history in modern and pre-modern China. The interdisciplinary nature of the program (see departmental affiliation of the participating faculty) 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. This, together with other academic exchange programs with a number of Chinese universities, provides the possibility of a junior year abroad, to take both Mandarin Chinese courses and non-language courses dealing with various aspects of Chinese studies. Such 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.

Chinese Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows the student interested in China to utilize the university’s offerings in various departments to build a major leading to a bachelor’s degree. In addition to coordinating courses in the various departments, the Program in Chinese Studies offers courses directly under its own auspices to round out the available offerings.

CHIN (Chinese Language) Course Enrollment Information

All students interested in taking a CHIN Course, refer to the following table.  Select the category that best represents your status at UCSD for CHIN course enrollment information pertaining specifically to you.

Please be aware that you may need to take a short and informal placement interview.  Click here for more information.

New Student
Current UCSD Student - I have taken CHIN before
Current Student - I have not taken CHIN before
None of these apply to me

If you are interested in earning a major or minor in Chinese Studies, click here or visit the Undergrad tab above.

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