Undergraduate Program

The Chinese Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies.

The major program consists of intensive Chinese language courses and upper division elective courses. The Chinese Studies Program collaborates with departments such as Literature, History, and Visual Arts and more to offer a wide variety of Chinese Studies non-language electives.

The Chinese Studies Program also offers a minor in Chinese Studies. The Chinese Studies minor is compatible with many degrees across the university. The courses offered through the Chinese Studies minor also serve to fulfill General Eduacation requirements across colleges. With only 7 classes required to earn the minor, it is an effective, easy way to learn about Chinese language and culture. 

By coordinating with the Study Abroad Office at UCSD, the Chinese Studies Program allows students to meet their college general education requirements while studying abroad to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.

The Chinese Studies Program is very happy to guide any student in meeting their academic goals. Please reach out to the Program Coordinator and Student Advisor at chinesestudies@ucsd.edu.


Erin South

Erin D. South - BA '17 - International Studies-History

Proud UC San Diego Alumna, Erin South (Shao Ai Lin), began learning Mandarin as a second language at 13 years old. Having fallen in love with learning the language and participating in a Shanghai high school exchange program, Erin decided to pursue International Studies, Global Health and Chinese when applying to colleges. Throughout her time at UCSD, Erin worked in Mandarin-English sales and interpreting for fashion company, Kate Spade New York, and later as a research assistant and Chinese-English translator in the UCSD School of Medicine’s Global Health department.

Since graduating in June of 2017, Erin has been working in HIV research and was recently asked to assist on a collaboration project between UCSD’s HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program and the China CDC. To Erin, the determination to read, write and speak Chinese fluently has been one of the toughest, long term skills she has learned, but has paid off infinitely in every day life, for making new friends, school and travel, and certainly, for jobs. Highlights of pursuing Chinese have been studying abroad with UCEAP at Shanghai’s Fudan University, and always sweetly being introduced as “This is my friend who speaks Chinese!” She looks forward to a bright future in global concerted efforts for disease eradication.