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Field of Study: Chinese Language and Literature


Programs in Chinese language and literature teach people the spoken and written traditions of China.



Chinese language and literature programs include topics such as:

  • Chinese culture
  • Art
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Literature and poetry
  • Translation techniques
  • Folklore and film
  • Dialects
  • Linguistics

In Chinese language and literature programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Cantonese (Min, Hakka, Yue)
  • Conversation
  • Creative and Technical Writing
  • Interpreting
  • Literary Criticism
  • Mandarin/North Chinese/Putonghua
  • Teaching

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in Chinese language and literature. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in Chinese language and literature. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.