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Chinese

Students in China

With over 730 million speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the most-used language in the world. And in today’s globalized economy, China has risen to rival the United States for superpower status.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers you a Chinese major and minor that intensively explore all aspects of the Mandarin dialect, the Simplified Chinese Character System of writing, and Pinyin—all while exposing you to the rich literatures, cultures, and business climates of China and Chinese American communities.

Led by native speakers, our Chinese program supports interdisciplinary study with many other Butler departments, programs, and colleges, including BusinessInternational Studies, History and Anthropology, Global and Historical Studies (GHS)Communication, Pharmacy, and the fine arts.

Join us and take advantage of:

Browse our course offerings.

Financial Support

Please read through these lists of numerous Prestigious Scholarship Opportunities (scroll down to "language study"), as well as study abroad scholarships (CIEE and IFSA-Butler) and travel grants.

Check out the annual Liberal Arts and Sciences $1,000 essay contest (typically due by January), the annual John Weidner Endowed Scholarship for Altruism (typically due by March), and the annual Corrine Welling Scholarship (typically due by April).

For international students, here's some advice and information on Scholarships and Grants set aside specifically for you.

If you encounter a short-term, unforeseen financial hardship or immediate expense that's impacting your academic success, please read about the Butler Emergency Assistance Fund.

Requirements for the Chinese Major

Download our Chinese major/minor packet. (PDF)

Overview

The Chinese major consists of a minimum 33 credit hours overall.

You'll need at least 24 credits of Chinese Language and at least nine credits in approved electives.

Students who major in Chinese normally include study abroad in their programs.

For Core Curriculum requirements, please visit the Core Curriculum website.​

Chinese Language Courses
  • CN 100, Chinese Character Writing (1)
  • CN 101, Beginning Chinese 1 (4)
  • CN 102, Beginning Chinese 2 (4)
  • CN 200, Chinese Conversation (1)
  • CN 203, Intermediate Chinese 1 (4)
  • CN 204, Intermediate Chinese 2 (4)
  • CN 300, Chinese for Oral Communication (3, Speaking Across the Curriculum when designated)
  • CN 305, Advanced Chinese 1 (3)
  • CN 306, Advanced Chinese 2 (3)
  • CN 310, Chinese for Written Communication (3)
  • CN 315, Chinese for Business (3)
  • CN 401, Internship in Chinese (1)
  • CN 402, Internship in Chinese (2)
  • CN 403, Internship in Chinese (3)
  • CN 491, Independent Study (1)
  • CN 492, Independent Study (2)
  • CN 493, Independent Study (3)
  • CN 499, Honors in Thesis in Chinese (3)
Electives
  • CN 401, Internship in Chinese (1)
  • CN 402, Internship in Chinese (2)
  • CN 403, Internship in Chinese (3)
  • CN 491, Independent Study (1)
  • CN 492, Independent Study (2)
  • CN 493, Independent Study (3)
  • CN 499, Honors in Thesis in Chinese (3)
  • FL 320, Chinese Civilization (in English) (3)
  • FL 390, Seminar (in English) (3)
  • FL 480, Topics: Chinese Studies (in English) (3)
  • HST 305, Topics in History: Youth and Revolution in Modern China (3)
  • HST 371, Modern China (3)
  • HST 373, China and the World (3)
  • PO 380, Frenemies: Understanding U.S.–China Relations (3)
  • RL 391, Seminar on Religion and World (Topics) (1)
Other Courses
  • FL 499, Senior Keystone (1, in English; pass/fail; encouraged for all minors; does not count toward major)
  • GHS 205, Global and Historical Studies (GHS): East Asian Interactions (3, Core—does not count toward major)

NOTE: Requirements for incoming students may not reflect the degree requirements of current students.

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion. However, students are welcome to consult the Modern Languages department chair, who determines program completion confirmation.

Requirements for the Chinese Minor

Download our Chinese major/minor packet. (PDF)

Overview

The Chinese minor consists of 21 hours in approved courses.

At least 12 of these hours must be at the 300 level or above.

Students who minor in Chinese normally include study abroad in their programs.  

Courses Offered
  • CN 100, Chinese Character Writing (1)
  • CN 101, Beginning Chinese 1 (4)
  • CN 102, Beginning Chinese 2 (4)
  • CN 200, Chinese Conversation (1)
  • CN 203, Intermediate Chinese 1 (4)
  • CN 204, Intermediate Chinese 2 (4)
  • CN 300, Chinese for Oral Communication (3, Speaking Across the Curriculum when designated)
  • CN 305, Advanced Chinese 1 (3)
  • CN 306, Advanced Chinese 2 (3)
  • CN 310, Chinese for Written Communication (3)
  • CN 315, Chinese for Business (3)
  • CN 401, Internship in Chinese (1)
  • CN 402, Internship in Chinese (2)
  • CN 403, Internship in Chinese (3)
  • CN 491, Independent Study (1)
  • CN 492, Independent Study (2)
  • CN 493, Independent Study (3)
  • CN 499, Honors in Thesis in Chinese (3)
  • FL 320, Chinese Civilization (in English) (3)
  • FL 390, Seminar (in English) (3)
  • FL 480, Topics: Chinese Studies (in English) (3)
  • HST 305, Topics in History: Youth and Revolution in Modern China (3)
  • HST 371, Modern China (3)
  • HST 373, China and the World (3)
  • PO 380, Frenemies: Understanding U.S.–China Relations (3)
  • RL 391, Seminar on Religion and World (Topics) (1)
Other Courses
  • FL 499, Senior Keystone (1, in English; pass/fail; encouraged for all minors; does not count toward minor)
  • GHS 205, Global and Historical Studies (GHS): East Asian Interactions (3, Core—does not count toward minor)

NOTE: Requirements for incoming students may not reflect the degree requirements of current students.

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion. However, students are welcome to consult the Modern Languages department chair, who determines program completion confirmation.

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What Bulldogs Dream, We Do

Eshan Pua

Chinese Major Alumna Eshan Pua

Eshan Pua grew up in a Chinese-speaking household and lived in the Philippines and Malaysia before coming to the United States at age 8. “But, I did not know how to read or write Chinese,” she said.

At Butler, Pua studied Communication Sciences and Disorders, as preparation for a graduate degree in speech language pathology. She also took several Chinese courses, leading to her to declare an Individualized Major in Chinese Language and Culture.

In 2013, Pua received a national Fulbright-Hays scholarship that she used for eight months of study in China, including an internship with Xi’an High Technology Industries there.

Also, Chinese program coordinator Xiaoqing Liu, PhD helped Pua arrange a summer study abroad trip to China through the Confucius Institute at Butler's Consortium partner IUPUI. She interacted with students at Sun-Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, studied at historical sites, and served as an aide at an orphanage.

Many of the orphans Pau met had disabilities that affected their communication. She envisioned assisting them as a speech language pathologist (SLP). According to Pua, SLP training in the different Chinese dialects is challenging.

A clear understanding and knowledge of the Chinese language and culture, merged with professional training, has equipped me to practice speech language pathology successfully in China. —Eshan Pua

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Learn a Language With Us. Take On the World.

Study at Butler and you'll broaden your global perspectives, traveling abroad for immersive language and cultural studies, and engaging with active polylingual and multicultural communities here in Indianapolis.

Modern Languages Flickr AccountCheck out pictures documenting students' adventures in our department’s Flickr account.

Have pictures of your own?

Each year our student Modern Language Center (MLC) collects submissions for a photo contest, for which winning entries get framed and displayed in the MLC, and small gifts are awarded to the photos’ owners.

Each year’s entries are typically due by April. More information can be found on the MLC's webpage.

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Liberal Arts Core Values

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mission StatementWe are proud to be part of Butler's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), working every day to infuse your education with the best the Humanities have to offer.

The College's faculty have put into writing how we intend to do so.

Read our LAS Core Values in English.

Read our LAS Core Values in Chinese.

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Questions?

Contact our MLLC faculty members anytime.