The Department of Chinese Studies at Davidson College is dedicated to helping students learn and understand the Chinese language, literature and culture. We satisfy all the needs of our students by offering a full curriculum in Chinese language, culture, cinema and literature. These courses lead students not only to China's past and present but also to her future.
At Davidson, students can obtain a minor in Chinese through the Department of Chinese Studies or pursue a major in Chinese Studies through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. These options prepare students linguistically and culturally for interaction with Chinese in the Chinese-speaking world or here in the West. Independent study is offered in certain areas when regular courses are not available.
Knowledge of Chinese has proven increasingly valuable for many who pursue degrees in areas like anthropology, economics, history, political science, and religious studies, and for many others who pursue careers in international trade or government service. We offer courses in cultural studies, film studies, literature in translation, and modern Chinese (Mandarin) at all levels.
Students practice calligraphy in Chinese 120: Introduction to Chinese Culture.