The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University offers two minors in Chinese.

Requirements vary somewhat from one WMU undergraduate catalog to the next. No student may graduate under a catalog that is more than 10 years old.

Only courses in which a grade of C or better is obtained will be counted toward a Chinese minor.


We encourage you to make an appointment with Dr. Xiaojun Wang or Dr. Li Xiang if you have any questions about your Chinese studies. As a minor, you are encouraged to meet each semester with your advisor of Chinese as well as your curriculum advisor, typically in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Education and Human Development.


The department offers a variety of activities and support services to help you succeed, including language tables, tutoring, clubs and the occasional field trip.


Follow the placement guidelines to determine an appropriate course for your language studies.


Chinese courses

Courses in English about the Chinese language and culture:

Chinese study hints

Chinese study hints is a resource page of multimedia language learning materials. This portal provides access to full instructional units offering authentic texts and audio and video excerpts with self-graded comprehension questions. The materials are free to use and registration is not required.

Student Success Resources

Student Success Services aims to help you attain continued success throughout your academic career. Multiple resources are available on campus to support you in this pursuit.

Study abroad

The department offers study abroad programs for Chinese studies. If you desire to earn Chinese credits through participation in a study abroad program, contact Dr. Xiajun Wang. A program must be approved before it is undertaken.