Students in CHIN 1114 learned to say new year wishes celebrating Spring Festival.
Instructor: Nan Meng


Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and is the dominant mode of expression for 1 billion people. Chinese speakers extend from the People’s Republic of China to Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and beyond.

Through the study of Chinese language and culture, students gain valuable insights into the diverse cultures of the Chinese world and an appreciation of the unique and fascinating heritage of one of the world’s greatest and oldest civilizations.

Proficiency in Chinese language and familiarity with Chinese culture complements students’ interests in a variety of fields and can lead to exciting careers in International Business and Finance, Art and Archeology, Philosophy, Journalism, Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, and more.

The Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages offers a four-semester sequence of Chinese language. Language courses are designed to develop students’ ability to communicate orally and in writing in Standard Mandarin.

The Department also offers culture courses taught in English. Through a variety of mediums, including film and literature, these courses introduce students to the history, art, literature, philosophy, religion, and social customs of the traditional and modern Chinese cultural heritage.


Mission statement: The core concepts integral to the UConn Chinese program are diversity, complexity, interculturalism, social justice, history and globalization. Through a full array of courses on Chinese language, literature, and culture, the Chinese Program helps students to grow into sophisticated and compassionate global citizens positioned to pursue a broad range of academic and professional careers in an increasingly diverse and globalized environment.