Department of Modern Languages & Classics


Certificate of Chinese Studies (CER CHST)

This certificate program in Chinese Studies is designed to provide linguistic, cultural and practical knowledge to persons interested in studying about or working in China. The program consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours. It is intended for undergraduate students, persons already holding degrees in any discipline, and mature students with relevant work experience.


The Certificate of Chinese Studies requires a formal application for admission. The official approval of the Asian Studies Coordinator is a prerequisite for admission to the program. Students majoring in Asian Studies at Saint Mary's University are not eligible for this program.

A student of the program must complete at least eighteen (18) credits hours at Saint Mary's University. Relevant academic courses, work experience and linguistic capability may be considered for credit recognition. Applicants should submit a resume of relevant work experience, official university transcripts and any other relevant documentation.

Program Courses

This program consists of twelve (12) required credit hours and a number of optional credit hours. All students are required to take Chinese 1100.0 (Introductory Modern Chinese) and Chinese 2200.0 (Intermediate Modern Chinese). Students must also select twelve (12) optional credit hours in at least two different disciplines from the following courses:

ANTH 2326.1(.2); ASNT 3300.1(.2); ASNT 3310.1(.2); ASNT 3450.0; GEOG 3380.1 (2); HIST 1222.1(2); HIST 1223.1(2); HIST 2381.1(.2); HIST 2382.1(2); HIST 2383.1(2); HIST 4511.0; RELS 2327.1(.2); RELS 2345.1(.2).

At least twelve (12) credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above. Detailed descriptions are found under Departmental listing. These courses will be offered each year.

Requirements for Graduation

Students are encouraged to complete the program within five years. A minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.00 in the Certificate of Chinese Studies is required. Students who have completed all the courses without being officially admitted to the program will not be accredited.