The certificate in Chinese professional communication 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.
For more information about the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures see the department overview.
DECLARing the certificate
If you would like to declare the certificate in Chinese professional communication, please meet with the undergraduate advisor , firstname.lastname@example.org, to review the requirements, discuss courses, and to submit the declaration request.
required prerequisite language courses
|For non-heritage speakers:|
|First Semester Chinese|
|Second Semester Chinese|
|Third Semester Chinese|
|Fourth Semester Chinese|
|For heritage Chinese speaking students:|
|E ASIAN 213||First Semester Heritage Chinese||6|
|E ASIAN 214||Second Semester Heritage Chinese||6|
Students may test for competency, and be awarded credit by examination, if they have prior knowledge in Chinese language. Contact the program office with questions about the credit by examination process.
Students who are new to the program must take a placement test before enrolling in a language course beyond the first unit. More information here.
12 credits from:
|E ASIAN 379||Business Chinese||3|
|Fifth Semester Chinese|
|Sixth Semester Chinese|
|Seventh Semester Chinese|
|Eighth Semester Chinese|
|Chinese literature or Humanities:||3|
|Introduction to Taoism|
|Survey of Chinese Literature|
|Survey of Chinese Literature|
|Introduction to Confucianism|
|Topics in Chinese: Study Abroad|
|Introduction to Chinese Linguistics|
|Introduction to Chinese Linguistics|
|Topics in East Asian Visual Cultures|
|Introduction to East Asian History: China|
Residence & Quality of Work
2.000 GPA on all certificate-approved courses
6 credits in the certificate, in residence
- Understand the content and cultural context of written texts and audiovisual materials with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of comprehension to different texts and purposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively.
- Spontaneously exchange ideas about various topics with relative ease.
- State and support one’s own opinion while acknowledging others’ viewpoints.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of pragmatic, sociolinguistic, and rhetorical features of the target language.
- Conduct library and/or internet-based research on topics relating to their particular interests and special fields of expertise, collecting and selecting relevant information using English and target language source materials.
- Synthesize and critically evaluate source materials in both English and the target language.
- Present (orally or in written language) their experiences and their introspection on these experiences in a coherent and effective manner.
- Demonstrate cultural awareness across historical epochs.
- Produce effective academic writing in English.
Rachel is the advisor for the undergraduate majors and certificates in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. She is happy to meet with students as they explore the degree options or advance through their four-year plans.
1305 Linden Drive, Suite 205
The Career Initiative and Career Services have joined together to prepare undergraduates for satisfying and rewarding careers. Check out the L&S Career Initiative website to view progress and hear from notable L&S Alumni via the vignettes page.
International Directions advisor Michael Kruse provides academic and career advising to undergraduate students who are interested in languages and international area studies. Michael is available to meet with students from across campus to help connect them with academic programs and campus resources that fit their interests, as well as to discuss professional opportunities that draw on their language-learning and international experiences.
Professors Bühnemann, Dunne, Huang, Huntington, Kern, McGloin, Mori (chair), Nienhauser, Zhang; Associate Professors Cerulli, D'Etcheverry, Geyer, Lim, Meulenbeld, Ridgely; Assistant Professors Yang, Zhu (Diversity Liaison); Faculty Associate Barnard, Nakakubo.
Charo D'Etcheverry (Associate Professor). Area: Classical Japanese Literature
Naomi Geyer (Associate Professor). Area: Japanese Language
Nicole Huang (Professor). Area: Transcultural East Asia; 20th century Chinese and Taiwanese Literature
Rania Huntington (Professor). Area: Ming and Qing Narrative and Drama, Chinese Literature of the weird and supernatural
Adam L. Kern (Professor). Area: Popular Literature, Culture, Poetry, Theater, and Visual Culture of early modern-modern Japan.
Byung-jin Lim (Associate Professor) .Area: Korean Language and Linguistics, Second / Foreign Language Acquisition, Korean Language Textbook Development
Naomi McGloin (Professor). Area: Japanese Language and Linguistics
Mark Meulenbeld (Associate Professor). Area: Daoism, Chinese Religion and Literature
Junko Mori (Professor). Area: Japanese Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics
Takako Nakakubo (Faculty Associate). Area: Second Language Acquisition of Japanese, Japanese Pedagogy
William Nienhauser (Professor). Area: Early Traditional Chinese Fiction and History; early poetry (Du Fu and Tao Qian)
Steve Ridgely (Associate Professor). Area: Modern Japanese Literature, Pop culture, TransAsian studies
Bei Yang (Assistant Professor). Area: Second Language Acquisition, Chinese Languages and Linguistics
Hongming Zhang (Professor). Area: Chinese Linguistics; History of Chinese Language; Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Weihua Zhu (Assistant Professor). Area: Chinese Language, Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition
Gudrun Bühnemann (Professor). Area: Sanskrit Language and Literature; Buddhism in India and Nepal; Hinduism; Tantrism; Yoga Studies
Anthony Cerulli (Associate Professor). Area: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion in South Asia; History of Medicine in India; Sanskrit Language and Literature; Kerala History and Culture; Malayalam Language.
John D. Dunne (Professor). Area: Buddhist Philosophy and Contemplative Practice; Religious Studies; Cognitive Science of Religion
Erlin Barnard (Faculty Associate) Area: Indonesian Language, Language Pedagogy; Materials Development; Second Language Acquisition
Language instructors are an integral part of our department, teaching more than 14 languages during the academic year from East (Chinese, Japanese, Korean), South (Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Urdu), Southeast (Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese) Asian Languages.
email Rachel Weiss
1244 Van Hise Hall
email Terry Nealon
1210 Van Hise Hall
email the Graduate Coordinator
1212 Van Hise Hall