Conscious of its location on the Pacific Rim, California Lutheran University is excited to be able to offer courses in Mandarin Chinese at both beginning and intermediate levels. CLU expects growth in this field as its students recognize the usefulness of learning one of the world’s most ancient languages and experiencing the culture of one of the largest and most influential nations on earth.

CHIN 101/102 Elementary Chinese (4, 4)

The beginning courses in Chinese are for students with no previous knowledge of the language.These courses will focus on enabling students to communicate effectively in Mandarin Chinese in a cultural context. Training in all the communicative skills, i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the acquisition of standard pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese, will be included in this course. In addition, a comparative approach will be used to contrast different social/ cultural issues and values between modern China and western countries through the study of the language.

201/202 Intermediate Chinese (4, 4)

These courses continue introducing Mandarin Chinese characters, vocabulary, grammar, as well as Chinese culture and computing to students. Intermediate Chinese focuses on the knowledge and critical perspectives in the areas of contemporary society and non-Western culture. Prerequisites 201: Chinese 102 or equivalent; 202: Chinese 201 or equivalent.


Contact the Department

Languages and Cultures
California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Rd. # 3800
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Department Chair:
Sheridan Wigginton, Ph.D.