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 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 186A - 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!


"Feel The Burn: Regulation and Impact of Straw Burning in China"
Friday, Feb 23, 2018 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | GPS Conference Room 3106 

This study investigates the impact of agricultural straw burning on air pollution and health in China. We further evaluate the regulation on straw burning and find that government subsidies can be more effective than command-and-control policies in restraining straw burning.

"Europe-China Relations: New Realities and Implications for the U.S"
Monday, February 26, 2018 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm | GPS Robinson Auditorium 

Mikko Huotari (German) and Philippe Le Corre (French) are two leading experts on Europe-China relations and will discuss with 21st Century China Center Chair Susan Shirk the state of play of Europe-China relations, how the EU and its member states position itself vis-a-vis China and the prospects for transatlantic coordination on China.

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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.