About Our Program
Ni hao! Learn the language spoken by more than 1.3 billion people around the world in our Chinese studies program.
In the classroom, you’ll master the Chinese language with the guidance of a fluent professor while exploring Chinese culture through history, literature, government, religion, philosophy, and sociology.
Put your Chinese language skills into practice as you experience China first-hand through our study abroad opportunities in Shanghai, Suzhou, or Beijing. During your immersive experience, you’ll learn about China in a global context as you explore one of the most dynamic countries in the world.
The skills and experiences you gain in our program will open doors to careers in a global setting. Students who studied a language at St. Lawrence work in the finance industry, serve in the Peace Corps, and teach language in countries around the world.
A Global PerspectiveWith a wealth of opportunities for a global education, you can put your language skills to use in our study abroad programs as you explore the origins of the language you’ve mastered.
Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including China.
Senior Year Experience (SYE)
Turn your passion into a project with a Senior Year Experience. For example, Madison Rusch ’17 used her language skills to translate a manuscript originally written in another language, to English.
Travel Grant Opportunities
Do you want to pursue independent study or research while abroad? Our students can apply for grants through the Center for International and Intercultural Studies (CIIS) to support projects that enhance immersion in a different culture and extend international or intercultural awareness.
CIIS Fellows Program
Apply for a grant to undertake off-campus research in another country or within a minority U.S. culture with a faculty mentor.
Learn by doing in a real-world environment. Our minors gain experience while making a difference through service work. Students in our program have volunteered as language teachers in local areas schools or on campus as teaching and writing assistants for language courses.
Since 2014, St. Lawrence has ranked among the Peace Corps’ list of top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, nearly 300 Laurentians have served abroad as volunteers.
Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that involve your passion for language, culture, and global perspectives, including:
- Asian Students Intercultural Association
- Model U.N.
- Literacy for Nepal
- African Student Union
- French Club
- Islamic Culture Club
- La Sociedad
- Euphrates Institute
Why St. Lawrence for Chinese Studies
of St. Lawrence graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate or professional schools within a year
the number of languages you can learn at St. Lawrence
Become fluent in:
of our language programs offer an immersive study abroad opportunity
Graduates who studied languages have found domestic and international careers in:
- Social Services
- Immigration Law
of St. Lawrence students studying at least one language participate in internships
of St. Lawrence students study off campus at least once
In 2018, St. Lawrence received the prestigious Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, which distinguishes excellence in integrating international education throughout all facets of the university.
language labs at your disposal with resources to fine-tune your speaking and writing skills
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Program Requirements & Courses
Explore Chinese studies minor requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.
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World Languages, Cultures, and Media Faculty
Our faculty have traveled the globe gathering expertise in language, art, literature, and film. They are authors, gardeners, chess players, and photographers who love a good detective novel.
Shanghai. Suzhou. Beijing. In our stand-out China Connections program, you’ll have plenty of options to immerse yourself in this vibrant country.
The Language Lab
Enhance your connection to the global community with state-of-the-art video conferencing and recording spaces in our language labs. You’ll also have access to foreign language films, dictionaries, music, software, games, and world maps.
Meet at the Language Table
Grab a seat at the language table of your choice and practice your skills. During these get-togethers with fellow language lovers, you’ll prepare traditional food, listen to guest speakers, and even head off-campus for various activities.
World Languages Week
During this campus-wide, week-long series of events, you’ll celebrate language and culture with trivia, off-campus study seminars, language lessons, an International Iron Chef competition, and a showcase of multicultural talents and traditions.
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