Chinese Program


(Welcome to the Chinese Program at the University of Notre Dame!)

We offer a major, supplementary major, and minor in Chinese language and culture.

Language classes are taught from the beginning through advanced levels. The program offers a wide range of courses in English on Chinese literature, political science, culture, history, religion, anthropology, philosophy, and film.

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei for a summer, semester, or year and to participate in international internships and research opportunities.

In addition to our rigorous curriculum, we are known for our success in fostering a vibrant learning community outside the classroom. As one of our graduates says, when you join the Chinese Program, you join a family. Our students enthusiastically participate in our moon festival celebration to open the fall semester and our signature Chinese annual speech contest in April. In between, we offer many other cultural and extra-curricular activities including movie nights, Chinese language tables, and peer tutoring.

Arts and Letters students from every major succeed in business, graduate or professional school, or full-time service. Learn more about the career outcomes of all of our graduates, including Chinese majors.

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Chinese Outcomes















Students in Our Program

  • Ethan Clendening (柯达维) is a 2017 graduate of Notre Dame, where he majored in Honors Economics and Chinese. He was named the 2017 recipient of the Liu Family Distinguished Achievement Award in Asian Studies. Ethan currently resides in Seattle and works as a financial analyst on Microsoft’s supply chain team, interacting closely with the company’s operations in China.



  • Zack Sturm is a 2016 graduate of Notre Dame.  While at Notre Dame, he majored in Chinese with a supplementary major in Peace Studies, and received the Liu Family Distinguished Achievement Award in Asian Studies upon graduation.  He is currently living in Sacramento, California, and working as a third grade teacher, while pursuing his M.Ed. through Notre Dame’s ACE Teaching Fellows Program (graduating class of 2018).



Questions about the Chinese Program? General questions can be sent to You can also contact Weibing Ye, the Chinese Program Coordinator.