University Catalog 2024-2025

Chinese Studies (Minor)

Students majoring in any area of study at NC State are eligible to minor in Chinese Studies. The minor cannot be in the same discipline as the major. The minor in Chinese Studies will provide students with an opportunity to round out their study of Chinese language, culture, and political thought. An investigation of the significance of Modern Asia forms an important complement to studies in Economics, Political Science, History, and Multi-disciplinary Studies. Students may declare the minor when they are enrolled in a class that counts toward the minor.

At the completion of the minor the student will:

  1. Be able to communicate using the basic skills of modern standard Chinese,
  2. Have some familiarity with Chinese culture, literature and political thought and
  3. Have a general overview of China’s political and religious institutions and the role of China in Southeast Asia.


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to the Add a Minor page to apply. (Students may declare the minor when they are enrolled in a class that counts toward the minor.)


Students should declare the minor as soon as they have completed the first course for the minor, and complete their course work according to their minor degree audit, and the minor requirements. Students can monitor their progress toward completing the minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. Questions regarding unmet course requirements on the Minor Degree Audit (indicated by a red ‘X’) should be directed to the Minor Coordinator, below. Students contact the Coordinator of Advising, once they have completed all of their courses for the minor, or during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State, in order to complete the final certification of the minor. Students will receive official recognition on their transcripts for the completed minor. 

Contact Person

Nathaniel Isaacson
Associate Professor
Chinese Cultural Studies

SIS Code: 16CIM


Plan Requirements

  • Completion of 15 credit hours is required.
  • 9 Credit hours must be taken at NC State and a maximum of six (6) credit hours may be transferred into the minor from another institution.
  • The Department of World Languages and Cultures will determine which courses transferred from other institutions may qualify to meet requirements for the minor.
  • A grade of ‘C-‘ or better is required in all courses in the minor program.
  • A maximum of TWO (2) courses may double-count between major departmental requirements and courses counting toward the minor.
  • A maximum of TWO (2) courses may double-count between courses counting toward this minor and additional minors.
  • No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

Students may declare the minor when they are enrolled in a class that counts toward the minor.

Required Courses
FLC 201Intermediate Chinese I3
FLC 202Intermediate Chinese II3
FLC 301Intermediate Chinese III3
FLC 302Intermediate Chinese IV3
Select one of the following:3
Modern Chinese Popular Culture
Asian Civilizations to 1800
Modern Asia: 1800 to Present
Revolutionary China
Japan's Empire in Asia, 1868-1945
The Buddhist Traditions
Politics of China and Japan
Government and Politics in South Asia
Total Hours15