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Chinese

Department of Linguistics

Contact Information

Chinese
College of Arts and Sciences
609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Phone: 716.645.2177
Fax: 716.645.3825
Email: thuang3@buffalo.edu
Web Address: linguistics.buffalo.edu/chinese
Jean-Pierre Koenig
Chair
Tsan Huang
Program Director
thuang3@buffalo.edu

Program Overview

China has the world's oldest living civilization, and its culture has had significant impact on its neighboring countries. Now China is rapidly becoming a major player in world politics, and its economy is expanding fast. Not only is China a country that one must interact with politically, economically, and culturally, it also provides opportunities to the world in business, scholarly research, and within many other contexts. Mandarin Chinese (or Putonghua) is the official language.

The Chinese curriculum provides a solid foundation for an understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse culture of China. The language (Mandarin Chinese) and culture courses offered are useful to students who aspire to an East Asia-related academic or professional career in education, government, communication, business, or other fields in the United States and abroad.

The curriculum of the Chinese program includes:
  • Courses designed to develop or improve competence in spoken and written Chinese
  • Courses for the advanced study of Chinese language and culture
  • Last updated: May 29, 2014 3:01 pm EST