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.

The Chinese major, Department of Foreign Languages at West Point offers cadets of all language ability the opportunity to improve their language skills and regional knowledge. The program is designed to develop those just starting to study Chinese and those with previous experience. These courses will focus on language, culture, and Chinese life. Cadets also have the opportunity for academic travel to Chinese-speaking areas such as Taiwan, Singapore, and China. 

Class material will focus on functional language. At the advanced level, Cadets will focus on real-world news and documents. Majors who go abroad and work hard through the full complement of courses can expect an Interagency Language Roundtable scale of 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. 

 

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 

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

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

Cadets can experience the Chinese language and culture through films, cuisine, or trip sections in the Chinese Forum. 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. 

 

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.