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A vibrant tapestry of language and culture.

Explore spoken Mandarin and simplified Chinese characters comprehensively–along with the rich cultures, peoples, and business climate of China. Led by native speakers, Butler’s Chinese program supports interdisciplinary study with other departments, including International Studies, History and Anthropology, Communication, Business, Pharmacy, and more. This program affords you every degree of immersion necessary to increase linguistic and cultural fluency, preparing you for today’s globalized marketplace and continued language studies post-graduation.

Program Information


The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers you a Chinese major and minor that intensively explore all aspects of the Mandarin dialect, the Simplified Chinese Character System of writing, and Pinyin—all while exposing you to the rich literatures, cultures, and business climates of China and Chinese American communities. Sample courses in this program include:

  • CN 100 – Chinese Character Writing
  • FL 320 – Chinese Civilization
  • CN 300 – Chinese for Oral Communication
  • CN 310 – Chinese for Written Communication
  • CN 315 – Chinese for Business
  • CN 401 – Internship in Chinese

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The Butler Advantage

Students will be able to do the following:

Orally communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity in the target language to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes.

Communicate effectively and in writing in the target language to connect with other disciplines on a range of academic and professional subjects and situations.

Analyze and interpret a cultural product in the target language to develop insight into the nature of language and culture through multifaceted learning experiences inside and outside the classroom.

Demonstrate intercultural competence and an appreciation of diverse perspectives when using the target language to participate in multilingual communities at home and to interact with global communities.

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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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