Welcome to the Chinese program at Case Western Reserve University

欢迎 The Chinese program offers a variety of courses, ranging from three-level Chinese language courses to courses about Chinese cinema, pop culture, and literature. Besides courses taught in Chinese, students who pursue a major in Chinese are encouraged to take Chinese-related courses in such interdisciplinary areas as Asian art, cinema, comparative literature of Chinese and the West, Chinese religion and history, and international business. Taking advantage of the varied resources of the University and University Circle institutions, the Chinese Program makes the study of Chinese culture an integral part of the student’s undergraduate education. Completing these Chinese courses fulfills the requirements for a minor or major in Chinese. A minor in Chinese only requires five Chinese courses starting at the student’s Chinese language level. A major in Chinese requires twelve Chinese courses, including two Chinese-related taught in English. Furthermore, the Chinese Program provides an excellent foundation for students who apply for graduate or professional programs, pursue careers in international business, finance, law, journalism, foreign service, and technological or medical exchange.


Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is the most important social and economic holiday for billions of people around the world. The holiday is tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar and was originally observed as a time to honor household and heavenly deities and ancestors. Today, Lunar New Year is a special time to bring friends and family together for feasting and festivities in China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Mongolia and other countries all over the world.

Chinese Learning Materials

Videos made by students in CHIN101 Class

Asian Mid-Autumn Festival

Throughout much of Eastern Asia, the successful harvest is celebrated when the moon shines bright in the sky. The Asian Mid-Autumn Festival is about bringing families together and goes by many names including Tet Trung Thu, Tsukimi and Chuseok.

My Study Abroad Experience in China: A Brand-New Nostalgia

Christopher Chen (CWRU ’20) double majored in Nutritional Biochemistry & Metabolism and Chinese on a pre-health track. While attending CWRU, Christopher applied and was selected to participate in two study abroad programs in China during Summer 2017 and 2018-2019 academic school year, respectively. Christopher is currently a student pharmacist at the University of Southern California.


A Talk with Peng Han

On October 13, guest speaker, Mr. Peng Han joined 40 students from the fall 2023 Chinese classes. Mr. Han gave a brief talk on Chinese pop music in Taiwan and its influence on pop music in mainland China.

Fall 2022 CHIN 101 Chinese Calligraphy Workshop at Case Western Reserve University.

Chinese Major Student Accepted into Fulbright Taiwan English Language Teaching Program

A former CHIN380/381 student with a double major in Chinese and Chemical Biology, Kyle W. Barclay  (CWRU ’21), has been accepted into the Fulbright Taiwan English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program.