College of Arts and Sciences

Major category: Minimum requirements

Curricular options: B.A.

Topic: Arts

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature offers an undergraduate major and minor in Chinese, through which students develop their ability to read, write and speak Chinese and gain an understanding and appreciation of the literature, linguistics and culture associated with the language. A popular option is to combine a major in Chinese with a second major from another department, such as Computer Science, Business Administration or Global and Regional Studies. Graduates of this degree program go on to a wide variety of careers in fields such as health care, government, entertainment, education and business, reflecting the indispensability of knowledge of Asian languages and cultures in our increasingly interconnected world.

Minor available.

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Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

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Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

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  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

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