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Grand Valley State University    
2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Mar 25, 2019
2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies

The requirements for the B.A. in Chinese studies are: 33 semester hours (24 required, 9 electives), with six of the 33 earned in studying abroad in mainland China or Taiwan.

Requirements for a Major in Chinese Studies

Study Abroad Requirement

All majors will earn at least six credits of the 33 in a study abroad program in mainland China or Taiwan in order to gain firsthand experience with the language and culture. These six credits can be taken as part of the required or elective credits. Students who need financial support to achieve this requirement will be able to apply their financial aid for study abroad, apply for a grant through the Freeman Foundation, and/or receive a grant from the Padnos International Center. Minimum requirements for study abroad: six weeks.

Currently we have numerous study abroad options that could contribute to this requirement:

  • ECNU Summer Program in Shanghai
  • Chinese Language and Culture Summer Program in Nanjing
  • Chinese Language and Culture Summer Program in Taiwan
  • Social Work Program in Shanghai
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Program in Beijing
  • ECNU Long Term Exchange Program in Shanghai
  • Non GVSU Study Abroad Programs
  • Internships in Shanghai and Wuxi
  • In addition, GVSU students have the opportunity to choose programs in China sponsored by other universities and organizations.

Students will meet with their advisors to plan their study abroad programs. Credits from a study abroad program in mainland China/Taiwan will be evaluated by the program director and when approved, applied to the Chinese Studies major as are all credits from study abroad programs. Students are required to seek program approval before studying abroad.

Chinese Studies Program Description

Click here for the program description.