Minor in Chinese

The School of Modern Languages offers minors in seven languages: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. This program is designed for students of all majors who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level. The language minor demonstrates to future employers and graduate programs a sustained commitment to language and culture studies. Some language minors also welcome heritage and native speakers.

Students with previous language study who pursue a language minor can take advantage of our Advanced Standing policy to potentially earn up to 8 credits of lower-level language (1001, 1002, 2001, and/or 2002) that can count towards Core Area C or free electives and/or up to 3 credits (2002) that can count toward the language minor in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Russian.  

The School of Modern Languages offers faculty-led study abroad programs in these language as well as our signature Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) summer abroad programs that allow students to complete up to 12 credits toward the 15-credit minor in one semester.

In addition to these seven language minors, we also a minor in Linguistics and five area studies minors: African Studies; East Asian Studies; International Business, Language, and Culture; Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Latin American and LatinX Studies.

Students interested in further advancing their language skills and intercultural competence beyond the minor, are encouraged to consider adding Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS) as a double major, which requires only 4 to 5 more upper-level language classes than the minor. The ALIS degree is Georgia Tech’s equivalent of a foreign-language major in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, or Spanish.

Students wishing to pursue one or more of these minors should declare the minor by filling out the minor change form with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Modern Languages.

Program of Study

Select 15 hours of Chinese electives 1,2,315
Total Credit Hours15

 Must be 2002 (or, equivalent-see advisor), 3000-, or 4000-level courses in Chinese.


 At least twelve credit hours must be 3000-level or higher.


Three (3) hours of CHIN 34XX may be counted among the total hours for the minor.

  • A maximum of 9 credit hours of transfer credit may be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor. This includes courses taken at another institution or credit earned through the AP or IB program, assuming the scores meet Georgia Tech minimum standards.
  • All courses counting toward a minor must be taken on a letter-grade basis, and a grade of C or better must be received in each course.
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours of Special Topics courses may be included in a minor program or the student may complete 3 credit hours of Special Topics and 3 credit hours of either Special Problems or CHIN 2699 or CHIN 4699. Students may not use 6 credit hours of either Special Problems or CHIN 2699 CHIN 2699 CHIN 2699 or CHIN 4699 for a minor.
  • It is the major advisor’s responsibility to verify that students are using only courses from the designated block(s) from the student’s major field of study that are allowed to satisfy a minor program, that they are not using any Core Area A-E courses (including humanities and social sciences), and that they are not using any courses for more than one minor or certificate. Any free elective course used to satisfy the course requirements of the student’s major degree program may also be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor