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Why study Chinese language and culture at Eckerd?

  • The Chinese language has the most speakers in the world.
  • Chinese is among the official languages used at the United Nations.
  • According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, students who can write Chinese characters score higher in mathematics.
  • The Chinese civilization is one of the oldest and richest in the world.
  • China has many places of historic interest and scenic beauty such as The Great Wall.
  • China is rapidly evolving into a significant economic and political power.
  • Courses in Chinese can fulfill the Eckerd language requirement.
  • Courses in Chinese can fulfill the Phi Beta Kappa language requirement.
  • Courses in Chinese language and culture are a great way to fulfill major requirements in International Business, International Relations, International Studies, and East Asian Studies (as well as minor requirements in East Asian Studies and Chinese).
  • Designated Chinese┬áculture courses can satisfy the global perspective requirement.
  • Courses in Chinese open up great opportunities to study abroad.
The College’s world language requirement consists of two semesters (or the equivalent) of beginning language study. Students may be exempt from the language requirement if they place into the 201-level course or higher.


The minor in Chinese requires a total of five courses which must include the two-year language sequence (CN 101/102, CN 201/202) or their equivalents. The fifth course should be chosen from among the following:

  • AH 203A Arts of the Silk Road
  • CN 266G East Meets West: Chinese Cinema
  • CN 301H Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Chinese Literature
  • CN 268A Love and Justice in Chinese Theater
  • CN 208G Gender and Sexuality in Asian Literature
  • CN 288G Chinese Pop Culture
  • CN 228G Chinese Martial Arts in Literature and Film
  • PO 335S Government and Politics of China

Minors who transfer credit (from the U.S. or abroad) are required to take at least one advanced course in Chinese at Eckerd.


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Jing Shen

Jing Shen

Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
Sheen Annex 107

Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis

Professor Shen teaches Chinese language and a variety of topics in Chinese literature, theater, film and gender studies. Professor Shen is the coordinator and contact person for the Chinese program.

Wei Wang

Instructor of Chinese
Sheen Annex 109

  • M.Ed. Cleveland State University
  • M.A. Shaanxi Normal University