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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Chinese temple


Did you know Chinese is one of the world’s most important languages? Over one billion people, or fifteen percent of the world’s population, speak Chinese as a native language. You can join them. 

Why study Chinese?

Nearly 20 percent of the world’s population speaks Chinese, and its cultural traditions stretch thousands of years.  Chinese studies students will have a chance to learn from professors whose interests range from Tang Dynasty poetry to Qing Dynasty trade routes, Taiwanese pop music and contemporary Chinese cinema.  Furthermore, China’s impact on the global economy continues to grow significantly, making Chinese a great complement to an international business major. 



The increasing necessity for American Mandarin speakers means that there are a wide variety of scholarships available.  In addition to those sponsored by the University of South Carolina, our students have also won prestigious scholarships such as the Fulbright and the Critical Languages Scholarship for study abroad in China and Taiwan. 


Confucius Institute 

Language and culture are closely linked. That's why we work with the Confucius Institute, the Center for Asian Studies, and other organizations across campus to offer extracurricular classes in everything from Chinese art, to tai chi, to calligraphy. Taking advantage of these courses will help you learn the language and culture more naturally.