Nearly 1.3 billion people (around 16% of the world’s population) speak some form of Chinese as their first language. Mandarin Chinese is one of the six official languages of United Nations. China is the second largest economy in the world leading in exports and coming in second for imports. It is likely that more than 50% of what you own is made in China. Whether hiking in the Grand Canyon or walking on Fifth Ave. in New York you will meet Chinese people! US is the top desalination for Chinese tourists. Wouldn’t it be useful for you to speak some Chinese?
The CSU Chinese program offers a minor upon completing four years of Chinese language study. The goal of the program is to integrate the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Quite a few students participate in CSU study abroad programs either short term or year long. Credits from the accredited universities can be evaluated and transferred back to CSU. For new students with elementary Chinese language background, you can take verbal and reading placement tests with the Chinese program instructor to decide on the level of course to enroll. Please note that heritage students can only enroll if Chinese is not your native tongue.
One reason to take Chinese at CSU is that the Chinese Club is an energized student club hosting various events. Follow the Chinese Club.