Foreign Language: Chinese Major

Foreign Language: Chinese Major

Foreign Language: Chinese

Major

Chinese language majors will follow a track of courses designed to develop their Chinese language proficiency and cultural understanding.

Offered by the Department of Foreign Languages.

What Can I Expect as a Chinese Major?

As a Chinese language major you will follow a track of courses designed to develop your Chinese language proficiency and cultural understanding. These courses will focus on language, culture and Chinese life. You may also have the opportunity for academic travel to Chinese-speaking areas such as Taiwan, Singapore or China.

Our program is designed to develop those just starting to study Chinese and those with previous experience. Class material will focus on functional language. At the advanced level, Cadets will focus on real-world news and documents. Majors who do abroad and work hard through the full complement of courses can expect an IRL 2/2 (Limited working proficiency), on the way to 3/3 (Professional working proficiency.)

Cadets can choose a Chinese language major or can combine Chinese and another language with a dual language major. Each of these options can be taken as an honors program. Language majors also work well as part of a double major with another department. 

Majors: Chinese, Chinese with Honors, East Asia Foreign Area Studies, Dual Language (Chinese and a second language of your choice)

Minors: East Asia Regional Studies

Watch our West Point Chinese Section Class of 2024 Video!

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Foreign Languages.

Required Courses

  • LN380 NATURE OF MODERN LANGUAGES

Sample Electives

  • LC371 INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE CHINESE 
  • LC372 CHINESE FOR ORAL & WRIT COMM  
  • LC470 SPECIAL TOPIC IN CHINESE 
  • LC475 CHINESE RDG/WRTG THRU MEDIA  
  • LC476 MILITARY SPKG/RDG - CHINESE 
  • LC483 CHINESE CIVILIZATION I  
  • LC485 CHINESE LITERATURE I  
  • LN440C CHINESE IN CULTURAL CONTEXT 
  • LN488 ADV IND STUDY-FOREIGN LANGS
  • LN491 SEM ABROAD: ADV LANG & CULT I 

To learn more, view the full Foreign Language - Chinese Major Curriculum.

Interact with Chinese at West Point!

Maximize your Chinese experience by exploring Chinese language and culture through films, cuisine, or trip sections in the Chinese Forum – see your DFL Chinese team for more info!​

Cadets can also apply to spend a semester abroad in Taiwan, at either Fu Jen University or National Tsinghua University or experience a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience, in places in Chinese-speaking areas such as Taiwan, Singapore, and China. Cadets may also apply to attend the Taiwanese version of Airborne School through the Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD) Program. 

Immersion Opportunities:

  • Semester Abroad Program (SAP): Five months of study in Taiwan, at either Fu Jen University or National Tsinghua University. 
  • Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD): Three weeks of study in Taiwan. AIAD is worth 3 credit hours and will expand and challenge your Chinese language abilities. 
  • Military Individual Academic Development (MIAD): Travel to Taiwan and attend the Taiwanese version of Airborne School.

Honor Societies:
Phi Sigma Iota - International Foreign Language Honor Society
Golden Key - International Honour Society
Phi Kappa Phi - Oldest and Largest Collegiate Honor Society

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Foreign Languages or the Center for Languages, Cultures, and Regional Studies.