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Mandarin Chinese

Degree Options: Minor Only
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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A rapidly growing language at the heart of international relations and business.

The past three decades have witnessed the unprecedented development of China as the second largest economy in the world and a leading force in global politics, economy, and culture. As a Mandarin Chinese minor, you’ll study a language that has become increasingly relevant and popular among students looking to learn one of key modes of communication in our global society.

Economic and cultural ties between the United States and China have also increased exponentially. Fordham has been a participant in these exchanges through its International Political Economy and Development (IPED) program and through partnerships at the Gabelli School of Business. Choosing a minor in Mandarin Chinese is a great way to complement your major studies in international studies, math and economics, political science, and other fields.

In addition, you’ll learn more than Mandarin Chinese here when you study philosophy, theology, history, mathematics, languages, and the arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education. We want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.

Program Highlights

Minors in Mandarin Chinese must take six courses, to be chosen in consultation with the assigned departmental Mandarin minor adviser.

Required courses are:

  • Intermediate Chinese I
  • Intermediate Chinese II
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Approaches to Literature or Reading Chinese Short Stories

You’ll choose two electives from courses such as:

  • Advanced Business Mandarin
  • Topics in Chinese Culture
  • Learning Mandarin Chinese Through Music and Songs
  • Learn Chinese Through Film
  • Masterpieces of Chinese Film: Theory and Texts
  • Topics in Mandarin Chinese Literature
  • China in the Headlines: An Advanced Newspaper Reading Course in Mandarin Chinese
  • China and Globalization

Career Outlook

A minor in Mandarin Chinese will give you the language skills and cultural understanding to pursue a career in fields including:

  • Business
  • Mass media
  • Law
  • Governmental agencies
  • NGOs
  • Philanthropic organizations
  • Relief and aid agencies
  • Human rights groups
  • Graduate and professional schools

Our career services tap Fordham’s ties with more than 3,500 companies. We offer:

  • Post-graduation career search
  • Resume development, interviewing practice
  • Networking skill development
  • Hands-on case-study sessions with industry executives
  • Field-specific advising/coaching

You also get access to our powerful network of alumni, who want to see you succeed as they have.

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