About this Program

About one-fifth of the world's population, or over one billion people, speaks some variety of Chinese, making it the most commonly spoken first language in the world. As one of largest trading partners of the United States, China is becoming the second largest economy in the world. Whether you are studying Chinese to fulfill your foreign language requirement, as preparation for study abroad in China, for a minor in Chinese Studies, or for your future career, this program offers you both curricular and extracurricular means to meet your goals.

Program Highlights

  • Student-centered, interactive and informative classes, with key language points taught through multimedia and drills practiced in class

  • Students learn the Chinese language and experience the Chinese culture through their presentations, movies, student-developed games, and three cultural contests of Karaoke in Chinese, Chinese Calligraphy, and Chinese Cuisine

  • After class, students can join ODU’s Chinese Culture and Language Club and are partnered with native speakers to practice their language skills and to understand Chinese culture

  • All classes and extracurricular activities provide students with an encouraging learning environment to build a collaborative learning community

  • Students have access to the Language Learning Center as a resource

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Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$75,950 Median Salary

Teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Chief Executives

$196,050 Median Salary

Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Interpreters and Translators

$51,790 Median Salary

Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other

$60,600 Median Salary

All healthcare practitioners and technical workers not listed separately.


What are the requirements to apply for Chinese Studies at ODU?
Students entering the Minor program in Chinese Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • The Chinese Studies minor consists of 12 credit hours of 300- and 400- level courses that combine the study of language and culture. 

  • For completion of a minor, a student must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses specified as a requirement for the minor exclusive of lower-level courses and prerequisite courses and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University.


At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful...


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


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