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Chinese Language

The Chinese Language Studies Program offers students the opportunity to study the language, history, and culture of the world’s most populous nation. Core courses include first- through third-year Chinese language, along with courses on Chinese literature and culture in English translation. Interdisciplinary courses are offered every year to supplement language learning and to give students with little to no background in the language the opportunity to learn more about China’s past and its place in the world today. Special topics offerings include courses in comparative literature, cinema, religion, politics, and business. The program also offers independent studies courses based on students’ needs, along with numerous opportunities for funded study abroad. An interdisciplinary Chinese Studies minor is planned for 2019.


  • More people (1.2 billion) speak Chinese than any other language in the world. 
  • China is a 4000 year old civilization, the longest continuing culture in the world.
  • The Chinese economy is expanding at an extraordinary rate.
  • The number of Chinese people online doubles every six months. There will be as many people in China with internet access as there are now in the USA in a few short years.
  • The Chinese are the second largest group of immigrants in the USA.
  • Learning the Chinese language makes this ancient culture, religion, philosophy, and music accessible today.


Academic Information


Chinese Club

This club is revolved around diversity, an appreciation for different aspects in culture, and the immense deliciousness of Chinese food. All are welcomed! You don't have to know how to speak Mandarin, or have any knowledge of the Chinese culture. In fact, that's what our club is for, to become aware of the Chinese culture and to learn! 我们欢迎你们! (We welcome you)! Visit the Chinese Club on Facebook, as well!

For more information, contact the Chinese Club President Sandra Ciappa ( or the Chinese Club Advisor, Professor Piotr Gibas (

Online Resources

  • Zhongwen
    Chinese characters and culture
  • ChinaLinks3
    Chinese Language and Linguistics
    The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University


Lei Jin Lei Jin
Associate Professor
Phone: 843.953.3387
Office: 9 Glebe Street, Room 102
Piotr Gibas Piotr Gibas
Assistant Professor
Phone: 843.953.3642
Office: J.C. Long 327