Welcome to the Chinese Language Program
Chinese civilization has a history of more than 6,000 years. One-fifth of the world's population—1.5 billion people—speaks Chinese. With the largest population and the fastest growing economy, China is the greatest potential market for the United States. Students who combine the study of Chinese with a major or strong background in history, economics, political science or sociology will be well prepared for graduate and professional programs. Learning Chinese not only satisfies your language requirement, it is also a great skill for a career in government, academics, international relations, international business, journalism, trade, finance, manufacture, law or diplomacy in the 21st century.
The Brandeis Chinese program is a high quality language program. Besides a full range of regular four levels of modern Chinese instruction from beginning to high advanced, the program also offers business Chinese and classical Chinese, both of which are inarguably the most advanced in North America. The curriculum is language proficiency orientated. The proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language are the framework for our teaching and learning. Therefore, students will develop their proficiency in receptive skills as well as productive skills.