Chinese Studies Certificate

Program Coordinator: Jiren Feng, Ph.D.

Humanities Division Office:
Office: Kanakaʻole Hall, Room 214
Tel: (808) 932–7216

Languages faculty:

Affiliated faculty:

The Chinese Studies Certificate program involves significant multidisciplinary studies of Chinese civilization centered on a core of language study. It should be of special interest to students who intend to pursue advanced degrees and/or careers in Chinese Studies or in related professional areas, including international business, tourism, journalism, government service, the arts, translation, and, in general, culture brokerage between China and the United States. Anyone interested in Chinese society and culture will derive considerable benefit from study of Chinese Studies.


The mission of the Chinese Studies Certificate is to offer a broad range of coursework and research opportunities for students that are designed to develop an understanding of China in all of its dimensions: culture, society, language, art, political science, history, and others. The Chinese Studies Certificate provides undergraduate research opportunities, a liberal arts foundation, and preparation for a variety of careers.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a credential from this Department, students will be able to:

  1. Use the appropriate vocabulary and grammar (sentence patterns) for various contexts (i.e. informal conversation, business environments, academia, professional settings)
  2. Identify and respond appropriately to cultural and/or social contexts of language use
  3. Articulate the importance of another culture (Cultural Competency)—this may include the history and/or historical development of a foreign language; how that language may have changed over time; what important events have impacted the language, literature, and culture of a place; and, how the language is continuing to evolve vis-à-vis pop culture and current events.