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    Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Chinese Studies Minor

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Students who minor in Chinese Studies will gain intermediate-level proficiency in Mandarin Chinese while developing all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Additional courses in Chinese culture, history, politics and religion will empower students to succeed in a Chinese cultural context, whether here in the United States or abroad. Study abroad is encouraged, especially with Hamline’s partner institutions in China or Taiwan. Skills acquired complement jobs in education, government service, nonprofit work, law, media, journalism, and business. 

Language Placement Tool

New to Chinese? Go ahead and register for Beginning Chinese I. If you’ve studied Chinese previously, we ask you to  complete an online placement assessment before registering. The link will send you to a login portal. Create an account using your Hamline ID. You will not be charged for the placement exam.

  • The assessment takes 10-25 minutes on average.
  • This is a reading and vocabulary assessment designed to produce a general snapshot of your level.
  • The Chinese assessment will switch between simplified and traditional Chinese characters.
  • Results are available on-line within a few minutes of completing the assessment.
  • The assessment results indicate clearly which appropriate level students should register for, including 1st (1110), 2nd (1120), 3rd (3110) and 4th (3120) semester language level. Scores higher than 4th semester should register for an Advanced Composition, Conversation or Reading course. 

2 or 3 Chinese language courses beyond CHIN 1110:

The sequence of Chinese language classes will depend on what class a student tests into after taking a proficiency test in Chinese. Students who begin with CHIN 1110 Beginning 1 will need three language courses.

Additional electives chosen from the following:

Elective courses (as needed) to meet the requirement of 5 courses in the minor.


Students may substitute approved study abroad courses to meet requirements. Advanced Chinese language courses may be taken at Macalester College or the University of Minnesota.

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