World Languages and Cultures

Chinese Minor

Our language programs integrate language and culture at all levels. While practical use of Chinese is essential, language learning in the liberal arts tradition also means deep reflection on the interdependence of language and culture.

Chinese Minor Students

Please note that this program is available only to students who are enrolled at the College as of spring 2022.

Chinese Minor At A Glance


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Why study languages at Allegheny?

Put your language skills to work.

Because, as a Chinese minor, you'll have a major in another discipline, you'll have a head start at putting your language skill to work in your chosen field.

Get more "talk time."

Allegheny's small classes mean you have more time to practice the language in class.

Join a close-knit community.

You'll get to know other language students and be part of a community of students who love language in and out of the classroom.

A 4-year Journey into Language and Culture

A Chinese minor will engage you with Chinese-speaking culture from day one and will keep improving your language skills until graduation and beyond. Plan ahead for all the opportunities before you!

Get the basics in language and culture. You can start from the very beginning if Chinese is new to you, or if you've studied Chinese before, we'll make sure you start in the right class to make the most of what you already know, while still building a solid foundation for the coming years.

In your second year, you'll continue to make your way through intermediate courses. This is a great time to reach out into the Chinese-speaking community on campus, if you haven't already — maybe try having lunch at Chinese table once a week or apply to live in the Chinese house in the Max Kade Wing, where you'll speak Chinese all the time and have a native speaker for a roommate! And don't forget to declare your Chinese minor before the end of the year!

Many language minors want to study abroad, and your third year is a great time to do that. Be sure to talk with your major advisor early so that you can fit a semester abroad into your plans, and talk with the International Education Office and your Chinese faculty to choose the right abroad experience for you!

By your fourth year, you've hopefully had an unforgettable time abroad, and you're moving toward advanced skills in Chinese and a deep understanding of Chinese-speaking culture. Even though it's might not be required, maybe these skills and experiences can enrich your Senior Project in your major! As you finish up your last language courses, now is also a great time to develop habits for lifetime learning by asking faculty for help finding opportunities to engage with Chinese on your own.

Chinese Minor Learning Outcomes

"What will I be able to do in Chinese if I minor in it?"


You'll be able to understand and participate in a wide range of conversations and spoken situations.


You'll be able to talk about your activities, preferences, feelings, knowledge, and opinions — and ask others about theirs.


You'll be able to read, interpret, and talk about a variety of types of texts


You'll know about the institutions, politics, geography, and history, customs, and other aspects of culture in places where Chinese is spoken.

Keep Learning

You'll learn to use your language and cultural knowledge to communicate better, so you continue to learn throughout your life.

Kaylah Pinkney, Alumna

Class of 2019, Neuroscience Major, Chinese Minor; 2019 Boren Scholarship Recipient

“ Learning Mandarin has had an enormous impact on my growth as a student and person. … Language is a facet of Chinese culture — the main aspect that draws me to China. ”

Next Steps

Early Decision App Deadline

November 15, 2022

Regular Decision App Deadline

February 15, 2023

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