Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science

Certificate in Chinese Professional Communication

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is proud to announce the Certificate in Chinese Professional Communication, which has been made possible by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates Awards.

This certificate program provides students with the opportunity to develop proficiency in Chinese while pursuing majors in other subjects across the university. It emphasizes the development of communication skills that are applicable to various professional contexts that students may encounter in their future careers.

The certificate is open to all undergraduate students (except for those majoring in Chinese). It is available to Special students only in circumstances where they have completed more than half of the 12-credit requirements discussed below as UW-Madison undergraduates in the semesters preceding their Special student enrollment.

The prerequisites for language courses required for the certificate are four semesters of Chinese language courses on the non-heritage track (EA 101, 102, 201, 202) or two semesters of Chinese language courses on the heritage track (EA 213, 214). Students may test out of these prerequisites if they have prior experience in Chinese.

The certificate requires 12 credits of course work beyond the prerequisites.
The 12-credit requirement consists of the following components:

1) Required course to develop the foundation of students’ communication skills in professional settings (3 credits):

  • EA 379 Business Chinese Communication (3 credits) – offered every spring

2) Elective language courses to provide additional language training (6 credits):

  • EA 301 Fifth Semester Chinese (4 credits) – offered every Fall
  • EA 302 Sixth Semester Chinese (4 credits) – offered every Spring
  • EA 333 Chinese Conversation (3 credits) – offered every Fall
  • EA 401 Seventh Semester Chinese (3 credits) – offered every Fall
  • EA 402 Eighth Semester Chinese (3 credits) – offered every Spring
  • EA 501 Fifth Year Chinese (3 credits) – offered less than yearly

3) Elective Chinese literature or humanities courses to enhance students’ understanding of the culture, which we consider to be essential for becoming an effective communicator (3 credits):

  • EA 351 Survey of Chinese Literature – offered every Fall
  • EA 352 Survey of Chinese Literature – offered every Spring
  • EA 231 Chinese Calligraphy – offered less than yearly
  • EA 350 Introduction to Taoism
  • EA 355 Arts of China – offered less than yearly
  • EA 356 Chinese Painting – offered less than yearly
  • EA 363 Introduction to Confucianism
  • EA 369 Modern Chinese Literature – offered less than yearly
  • EA 370 Contemporary Chinese Lit – offered less than yearly
  • EA 372 Topics in Chinese: Study Abroad – transferred from study abroad programs
  • EA 431 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (phonetics, phonology, dialects, and writing system) – offered every Fall
  • EA 432 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (morphology and syntax) – offered every Spring
  • EA 433 Topics in East Asian Visual Cultures – offered yearly
  • EA 436 History of Chinese Buddhism – offered less than yearly
  • EA 461 Rdgs-Chinese Vernacular Lit – offered less than yearly
  • EA 251 Chinese Civilization – offered yearly
  • EA 371 Topics in Chinese Literature – offered yearly
  • HIS 103 Introduction to East Asian History: China – offered yearly


Undergraduate Advisor

Rachel Weiss
Office: 1244 Van Hise Hall
E-mail: rweiss@wisc.edu

Schedule an advising apointment with Rachel via Scheduling Assistant

In addition to the course work requirements stated above, students are encouraged to explore opportunities to use the language outside of the classroom, especially in work settings, contact International Internship Program for more information.