Become a sought-after and talented Chinese speaker in schools, government, business and entertainment.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Modern and Classical Languages



Undergraduate Admissions

(630) 637-5800

Why pursue a Chinese degree at North Central College?

The demand for talented Chinese speakers in schools, government, business and entertainment has grown worldwide. At North Central, you’ll learn to speak, read, write and understand Chinese. You’ll master the grammar as well as the distinctive tones and characters of the language. And if you wish to teach Chinese, you may seek an endorsement.

You can also:

  • Study abroad at the prestigious Peking University in Beijing.
  • Take advantage of on-campus tutoring options and the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center.
  • Enjoy the Chinese Corner’s speakers and cultural events, including its Chinese New Year celebration.
  • Participate in cultural immersion experiences with nearby Chinese communities.
  • Earn an English language learning (ELL) minor if you plan to teach abroad after college.
  • Take advantage of internships with Chinese-American companies.
  • Qualify for induction into Phi Sigma Iota, the honor society open to students studying Chinese.

More Department info

Chinese, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

Major Requirements

The Chinese major consists of a minimum of thirty-three credits at or above the 102 level, with at least twenty-eight credits taught in Chinese.

Chinese Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours in Chinese, including four credit hours at the 300-level or above and one of CHNS 105 - China Today or CHNS 205 - Understanding China.

Chinese Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


  • Marketing intern, Ai Media Group, Beijing, China
  • Logistics intern, C.H. Robinson International, Tuttlingen, Germany
  • Finance intern to second vice president of Wealth Management Smith Barney, Citigroup, Naperville

Graduate schools

Recent graduates in Chinese have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois, East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Valparaiso University, IN, Chinese studies
  • National Taiwan Normal University


Recent graduates in chinese include:

  • 777 Operations business & planning analyst, The Boeing Company, leadership development program
  • Chinese contract analyst, Infor Global Solutions

Invest in your future

Choosing the right college is a big decision. Don’t make it alone. North Central’s admission and financial aid team is here to help you design a financial aid solution that works best for you and your family.

Merit scholarships, grants, loans, campus employment - these are just some of the resources available to you. Over 95 percent of students and 100 percent of all eligible students receive aid. Let our team partner with you in finding the best value for your education.

Learn more about financial aid and costs for North Central College

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