Welcome to the Chinese Program of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Texas at Arlington! Part of the Critical Languages and International Studies section, our mission is to promote global competence through the study of the language, literature, and business environments of Chinese.

With 1.28 billion people, China is the most populous nation in the world. Mandarin Chinese is spoken by 885 million speakers, making it the world’s most widely spoken first language. In addition to the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also widely spoken in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Mongolia. China is one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations (over 5000 years old). Today, China is an economic powerhouse—it has the second largest economy in the world and is one of America’s largest trading partners. Indeed, many U.S. companies do business in China, including Motorola, Coca Cola, and Ford.

Our innovative curriculum is designed to maximize the success of both language learners and heritage speakers of Chinese who grew up with Chinese at home. Through experiential learning in language classes, as well as in more advanced courses in literature, culture, business, and localization and translation, we train our students to be multilingual and intercultural. In addition to linguistic and cultural competence, students gain valuable skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.

Chinese graduates are prepared for job opportunities in a wide range of fields:

  • The language services industry (localization and translation)
  • Education
  • Research
  • Writing, publishing, and the media
  • Health, legal, and social services
  • Business
  • Government
  • International relations
  • The cultural heritage sector: museums, libraries, and archives

Explore Chinese at UTA—来学最多人说的语言!


In addition to language classes, which focus on the development of linguistic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, the Chinese program offers advanced courses on a diverse range of topics and specialties in literature, culture, localization and translation, and business. Some courses are available online.

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  • BA in Critical Languages and International Studies-Chinese

    All majors in Critical Languages and International Studies-Chinese are required to take:

    • GLOBAL 2301 Introduction to Global Issues
    • CHIN 1441 Beginning Chinese I
    • CHIN 1442 Beginning Chinese II
    • CHIN 2313 Intermediate Chinese I
    • CHIN 2314 Intermediate Chinese II
    • 15 additional hours in Chinese at the 3000/4000 level
    • 12 additional hours in International Studies at the 3000/4000 level, chosen from the following themes:
      • International Issues (Business, Ethics, and Sustainability)
      • Humanities (Culture, History, and Literature)
      • Socio-Cultural Perspectives (Social, Political, and Cultural Studies)
  • BBA in International Business-Chinese

    In cooperation with MODL, the College of Business Administration offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual concentration in International Business and Chinese.

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  • Minor in Chinese

    People with foreign language abilities have a distinct advantage in the career marketplace, and they can use those skills to assist them in varying fields, such as business, government, healthcare, as well as legal and social services. Minoring in Chinese is a great way for you to gain a distinguishing, marketable skill while opening your eyes to another culture.

    Requirements for a Minor in Chinese

    • CHIN 1442*
    • CHIN 2313
    • CHIN 2314
    • 9 hours of 3000- or 4000-level Chinese coursework

    * Note: Although CHIN 1441 is not required for the minor, CHIN 1441 with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite for CHIN 1442. Likewise, a C or better is required for each course in the series in order to enroll in the next.

  • Minor in Modern Localization and Translation-Chinese
  • Minor in Modern Language Teaching-Chinese

Student Group

Chinese Student Group Chinese Culture and Language Association

The Chinese Culture and Language Association (CCLA) is a community for students who are interested in promoting the Chinese language and culture on campus. All UTA students, not only those enrolled in our courses, are invited to visit the CCLA. We meet regularly to host events in celebration of Chinese culture.

  • Activities Fair
  • Travel
  • Food Sale
  • Event Meetings
  • Chinese Calligraphy

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Study Abroad in China

Study the Chinese language and culture at Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, China. Zhengzhou, one of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China, is one of the nation’s emerging mega-cities. Immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture during this summer program.

Our study abroad opportunities and scholarships are supported by the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies.

For more information about UTA Study Abroad in China, contact Dr. Neal Liang.

For other Study Abroad Programs, check with the UTA Office of International Education.