Chinese Studies


The Chinese Studies Program offers language courses from elementary through advanced levels and interdisciplinary courses on contemporary Chinese literature, culture and film. All the courses (except Chin 101 and 301) offered by the Chinese Studies Program satisfy both International Perspectives Requirement and Chinese Studies Minor requirement. Other departments offer courses related to Chinese Studies that also satisfy Chinese Studies Minor requirements — Anthropology, Architecture, Geography, History, and Political Science.



Zachariah Watt (’20 computer science) created this video to share how a minor in Chinese studies enhanced his adventure at Iowa State.

Check out our full list of courses we offer on the ISU Course Catalog, and see this semester’s courses on the ISU Schedule of Classes.



The student learning outcomes linked below are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project). This page outlines the standards of a collaborative effort of nine national foreign language organizations. These outcomes establish a context that defines the central role of foreign language in the learning of every student. The standards, as well as our program outcomes and individual course objectives, suggest a paradigm shift in foreign language education that focuses on students’ ability to use the language in authentic situations.

Chinese Outcomes



World Languages & Cultures currently offers a minor in both the “classic” and “LCP” tracks. Find more information for both below.

Chinese Minors

If you’re interested in Chinese but don’t know where to go from here, start with an advising appointment!


Study Abroad

Currently the Department of World Languages and Cultures does not directly offer study abroad programs for Chinese language learners. For more information about what programs ISU affiliate programs offer in China and Taiwan, please visit the ISU Abroad search results below.

Take me abroad!

NOTE: Study abroad is open to every student, regardless of field of study. Discuss your plans with your academic advisor as well as study abroad advisors on campus to plan your journey.