Chinese Program

Chinese 112 playing a vocab game by Zoom, Spring 2020.


Sophia Geng, Assoc Professor
Office: Richarda P17, CSB
Phone: 320 363-5786
Email: [email protected]

"Why I am a Folklorist" by Prof. Sophia Geng (video)

Limei Danzeisen, Instructor
Office: Quad 469, SJU
Phone: 320 363-2179
Email: [email protected]

Chinese Course Offerings

The Chinese Language and Culture Program started in the fall of 1968 as part of the Tri-College East Asian Studies Program. It is one of the earliest Chinese language and culture programs in the state of Minnesota.

The following courses serve to fulfill the global language requirement at CSB/SJU:

  • Chinese 111 (Elementary Chinese I)
  • Chinese 112 (Elementary Chinese II)
  • Chinese 211 (Intermediate Chinese I)

We also offer a minor in Chinese (20 credits):

  • CHIN 212 (Intermediate Chinese II) or 216 abroad
  • CHIN 311 (Chinese Conversation/Composition I) or 315 abroad
  • CHIN 312 (Chinese Conversation/Composition II) or 316 abroad
  • One course in CHIN literature or culture, such as:
    • CHIN 320: Chinese Literature in Translation
    • CHIN 321: Topics in Chinese Literature in Translation, which include:
    • CHIN 321A/GEND 290B: Chinese Women's Literature
    • CHIN 321B: Chinese Folklore, Legends and Myths
      Both CHIN 321A and CHIN 321B fulfill humanities, intercultural and gender requirements of the common curriculum. Both count toward the Chinese minor (through the Languages & Cultures Department), Asian Studies major and minor (through the Asian Studies Program), and Gender Studies major and minor (through the Gender Studies Program).
    • CHIN 330: Topics in Chinese Culture
  • One course with a focus on China from the Asian Studies Program or the Gender Studies Program.

Note: Some of the study abroad courses taken at the Southwest University can count towards the minor. For questions on credit transfer, please contact Dr. Sophia Geng.

Calendar of Events

Chinese Corner & Tutors

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Chinese Corner

Sundays: 6-8 PM, Richarda P39 (classroom), CSB
TA: Yunyiyi Chen
Wednesdays: 6-8 PM, World Languages Center, Alcuin 101, SJU
TA: Dongxiang Huang 

Open to the public!

Tutors and volunteer Chinese native speakers will be available to practice Chinese conversation and pronunciation or help with class exercises and homework for all levels of Chinese classes. All are welcome! Our "Study Buddy" table allows non-native speakers to converse easily with native speakers by switching between English and Chinese every 15 minutes. Join us throughout the semester!

Chinese Tutors

Get individualized help with your Chinese studies!
Contact our tutors to make an appointment: Yunyiyi Chen and Dongxiang Huang

Cultural Activities

There are numerous opportunities throughout each semester for students to engage in cultural activities on campus. Among those events are the Dumpling Social, Chinese Corner, and Movie Night.

Study Abroad in China

Students at CSB/SJU have the option of studying in China at our partner University near Chongqing for an entire semester, or can choose to complete research there in the summer.  In addition, students can opt to complete an internship in Shanghai or Hong Kong during the summer.

As a semester study abroad student in China, you have the opportunity to learn about contemporary China Business practices or admire Chinese traditions with calligraphy and martial arts, and to appreciate the natural beauty of the rural countryside, along with the skyscrapers of Shanghai.

  • Explore the cultural heritage and historical richness of China.
  • Travel to Bejing, Xian, Yunnan, Chongqing, and Shanghai.
  • Be introduced to Chinese language, Chinese history, Chinese Business, and Chinese culture.
  • Opportunity to teach English for a weekend in rural village.
  • Participate in the traditional forms and rituals of martial arts.

For more information, view our Education Abroad programs in China or contact Sophia Geng.

China Program 2013