Chinese Program

The Department of World Languages and Literatures is pleased to offer the first four semesters of Beginning and Intermediate Mandarin Chinese, Chin 1A, Chin 1B, Chin 2A, and Chin 2B.  We also offer Chinese Civilization Chin 120 and Overview of Chinese Literature Chin 150, taught in English, and Introduction to Classical and Literary Chinese CHIN 130.  Advanced Chinese will be offered with sufficient demand.


Our Faculty

Dr. Curtis Smith is the Area Head of Chinese.

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  • Office:           Mariposa Hall 2059
  • Office hours: Thursdays 12:00pm - 1:00 or by appointment

Dr. Lewis Robinson teaches Intermediate Chinese.

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  • Office:           Mariposa Hall 2015
  • Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00pm

Dr. Xianghua Wu teaches Beginning Chinese.

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  • Office:           Mariposa Hall 2015
  • Office hours: Tuesdays 9:00am -10:00am and Wednesdays 1:30pm - 2:30pm


Why Take ChineseWhy Take Chinese

  • One quarter of the world's population speaks Chinese
  • It’s the oldest continuous culture in the world
  • China is the world’s second largest economy
  • Sac State and CSU study abroad in mainland China and Taiwan
  • Sac State offers a minor in Chinese and a major in Asian Studies (Chinese Concentration)
  • Chinese has no tenses, genders, or declensions to memorize
  • As a tone language, it uses both hemispheres of the brain more actively
  • Learning Chinese changes your brain, and makes you smarter
  • Chinese characters are beautiful
  • Just because it is fun!


Chinese Minor

If you are interested in earning a minor in Chinese, please contact the Chinese area head, Curtis Smith (


Graduation Requirement

CSUS has a foreign language graduation requirement. See our updated Foreign Language Proficiency page. You need to show competency at the beginning level, in a language other than English. A passing grade is C- or better:

* If you have had three (3) years or more of a Foreign Language in high school with a passing grade, then you have completed the CSUS Foreign Language Requirement.

* If you only had two (2) years or less of a foreign language in high school, then you must complete the requirement at CSUS. You have some options:

* If you have grown up with Mandarin Chinese, you may take and must pass two tests in 2 language skills (one of which must be either reading or writing). A highschool or college diploma from a Chinese-speaking country also meets the requirement. Check with the Chinese area head, Curtis Smith (, for an appointment.

* If Mandarin Chinese was your high school language (with only 1 or 2 years), you may elect to complete a second semester college level (the 1B level) of Chinese. If not, take both Chinese 1A and Chinese 1B and complete both with a passing grade.

* If you are taking a new language (different from high school), you need to complete the beginning courses (Chinese 1A and Chinese 1B) with a passing grade.

* If you have had 1 college semester Chinese, Chinese 1A at CSUS, or 2 years of high school Chinese with a strong knowledge base, familiarity with traditional Chinese characters, and a good grade, you may take Chinese 1B (second semester college Chinese).

Intermediate Chinese (Chinese 2A and/or Chinese 2B) or any Advanced upper division course (taught in Chinese) will also complete the graduation requirement.

Other language training or testing programs, such as AP scores, CLEP or IB, are also ways to meet the graduation requirement for Chinese.

 It is very important that you check on your specific graduation requirement with an advisor, read up on the requirement, and check with a Professor of Chinese.


Study Abroad

There are many study abroad opportunities, both in mainland China (PRC) and Taiwan, through the CSU International Programs and Sacramento State's Office of International Programs and Global Engagement.

Recent study abroad opportunities: