Mandarin Chinese is the most widely used language in the world, spoken not only in the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, but also in Chinese communities throughout the world. At Pacific University, students can pair a minor in Chinese with a wide variety of careers, such as international affairs, business, tourism education and more.


  • Learn basic linguistic skills together with an application of cultural awareness
  • Pair classroom immersion experience with cultural activities on campus
  • Engage with Chinese language speakers through state-of-the-art technology in the Center for Languages and International Collaborations
  • Develop language skills and participate in weekly cultural activities provided by foreign language teaching assistants
  • Study abroad for one or two semesters in China, and participate with other shorter travel courses
  • Build community connections and relationships to become cultural scholars, global citizens and future leaders


Courses offered for the Chinese minor at Pacific include language skills in listening, reading and writing as well as spoken conversation. Communication competence and cultural awareness are highlights of the curriculum.

Through the CLIC, American students at Pacific will engage in coursework with students in other nations around the world, in real time.


With a minor in Chinese, coupled with other areas of study, students at Pacific University can prepare for and be competitive in a wide variety of careers, such as international affairs, business, tourism, education, journalism, humanities and social sciences. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, employees with foreign language skills can expect a labor market for translators and interpreters that will grow much faster than other areas of employment. Our graduates are Fulbright Scholars, graduate students, and international English teachers.

World Languages & Literatures

The Chinese minor is part of the World Languages & Literatures Department, which also offers majors and minors in French, German, Japanese and Spanish, as well as a major in modern languages.