Chinese Submajor

Chinese Language and Culture Submajor is offered as a full program under the Committee Interdisciplinary Major. It requires completion of 30 credits, with at least 15 of them at the advanced level (300 or above) taken in residence at UWM. Of the 30 credits required to graduate, a minimum of 18 must be courses conducted in the Chinese language at the 300-level or above. Culture-related courses that are taught in Chinese are required.

The program requires a 2.000 GPA on all credits for the submajor, including any transfer credits.

Students whose language skills allow them to begin their study of Chinese beyond the fifth semester course must discuss with the advisor appropriate substitute courses in order to complete the required 30 credits.

Listed below are the requirements for the Chinese program. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about our degree requirements.

Major Requirements

The Chinese Language and Culture program requires completion of 30 credits in approved Chinese and related courses. Students in the major must complete the fifth- through eighth-semester Chinese courses as the core of the program. In addition, culture-related courses that are taught using the target language are required. Students must complete 30 credits to graduate, at least 15 of them at the advanced level (300 and above) taken in residence at UWM. The major requires a minimum of 18 credits at the 300 level or above taught in Chinese. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Required 1
CHINESE 301Fifth Semester Chinese4
CHINESE 302Sixth Semester Chinese4
CHINESE 401Seventh Semester Chinese3
CHINESE 402Eighth Semester Chinese3
Select one of the following:3
Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film
Chinese Language and Culture
Business Chinese
FLL 699Advanced Independent Study (satisfies the research requirement of the L&S degree)3
Select 10 credits10
Total Credits30


ARTHIST 382Chinese Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 480Chinese Painting3
ARTHIST 481Topics in Chinese Art:1-3
CHINESE 150Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture3
CHINESE 160A Taste of China: Learning Chinese Culture and Society through Cuisine3
CHINESE 200Chinese Calligraphy3
CHINESE 320Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film (if not selected above)3
CHINESE 330Chinese Language and Culture (if not selected above)3
CHINESE 397Study Abroad:3
CHINESE 441Business Chinese (if not selected above)3
CHINESE 489Internship in Chinese, Upper Division3
CHINESE 497Study Abroad: (highly encouraged)3
CHINESE 699Advanced Independent Study1-3
COMPLIT 192First-Year Seminar: (Secrets of Chinese Cinema)3
COMPLIT 230Literature and Society: (Chinese Literature before the 20th Century)3
COMPLIT 360Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: (Modern Chinese Literature)3
COMPLIT 362Transnational Asian Cinemas: (New Chinese Cinema)3
ECON 193First-Year Seminar: (Growth and Development in China, Japan, and Korea)3
ENGLISH 316World Cinema: (Hong Kong Cinema)3
or COMPLIT/FILMSTD 316 World Cinema:
HIST 175East Asian Civilization to 16003
HIST 269Asian Americans in Historical Perspective3
HIST 376History of Ancient China, Earliest Times to 220 A.D.3
HIST 377Modern China3
HIST 378Revolution in China3
PHILOS 204Introduction to Asian Religions3
POL SCI 314Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy3