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). For more information about the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures see the department overview.
STUDY ABROAD IN CHINA
Students may receive residence credit for study abroad through a variety of different programs. Our faculty direct the summer UW Intensive Chinese Language program in Tianjin. Students on this intensive language program study Mandarin Chinese over the summer, earning up to a full year's worth of language credits. Please contact International Academic Programs for details.
Students may also receive credit, or gain experience, through various internship opportunities abroad. Please contact International Internship Programs for details.
The Asian Languages and Cultures department offers placement exams for students with prior language study or experience as a speaker of Chinese. For more information, see the department’s website.
DECLARING THE CERTIFICATE
Declaring the certificate is as easy as meeting with the undergraduate advisor and making an appointment to review requirements and discuss course plans on Starfish. Students may declare the certificate at any point in their language study.
Students declared in the Chinese major are not eligible to declare the Chinese Professional Communication certificate.
Required Prerequisite Language Courses
|For non-heritage speakers:|
|ASIALANG 101||First Semester Chinese||4|
& ASIALANG 111
| Elementary Chinese I|
and Elementary Chinese II
|ASIALANG 102||Second Semester Chinese||4|
|ASIALANG 201||Third Semester Chinese||4|
|ASIALANG 202||Fourth Semester Chinese||4|
|For heritage Chinese speaking students:|
|ASIALANG 211||Heritage Chinese I||3|
|ASIALANG 212||Heritage Chinese II||3|
Requirements for the Certificate
15 credits distributed as follows:
|Business Language Course (required)|
|ASIALANG 379||Business Chinese||3|
|Advanced Chinese Language Courses (complete 3 courses)||9|
|Fifth Semester Chinese|
|Sixth Semester Chinese|
|Advanced Chinese through Media|
|Advanced Chinese: Reading and Writing|
|Chinese Literature or Humanities Electives (complete one course):||3|
|Introduction to East Asian History: China|
|Asia Enchanted: Ghosts, Gods, and Monsters|
|Introduction to East Asian Civilizations|
|Asian Religions in Global Perspective|
|Social Studies Topics in East Asian Studies|
|Social and Intellectual History of China, 589 AD-1919|
|History of Modern China, 1800-1949|
|History of the Peoples Republic of China, 1949 to the Present|
|Survey of Classical Chinese Literature|
|Survey of Modern Chinese Literature|
|China and World War II in Asia|
|Topics in Chinese Literature|
|Topics in Chinese: Study Abroad|
|Survey of Chinese Film|
|Introduction to Chinese Linguistics|
|History of the Chinese Language|
|History of Chinese Literature I|
|History of Chinese Literature II|
|Literary Studies in Chinese Drama|
|First Semester Classical Chinese|
|Second Semester Classical Chinese|
|Survey of Asian Art|
|From Tomb to Temple: Ancient Chinese Art and Religion in Transition|
|The Tastes of Scholars and Emperors: Chinese Art in the Later Periods|
|Chinese Economic and Business History: From Silk to iPhones|
|China in World Politics|
|Contemporary Chinese Society|
Residence and Quality of Work
- Minimum 2.000 GPA on all certificate courses
- At least 8 certificate credits must be completed in residence
This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.
- Explain in the target language their academic and professional experiences, and articulate their career objectives, both in writing and speaking.
- Manage basic everyday workplace (face-to-face, telephone, and email) communications in the target language (e.g., greeting, introducing oneself, making/changing appointments, making and receiving requests, obtaining permission, reporting, thanking, apologizing).
- With preparation, deliver a clear, concise, and connected presentation in the target language, with the effective use of visual images, on a subject they researched through online resources and/or interviews.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the significance of honorific and formulaic expressions and etiquette observed in the workplace within the target culture, which can be applied to their life-long learning.
- Demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives, which may influence business and other professional practices, and a disposition to approach unfamiliar contexts with an open mind.
If you like to plan, seeing your major advisor is very important; it can make the difference between fitting in general education and major requirements before you graduate. Many students also try to complete more than one major or certificate, and discussing how you might be able to reach this goal is another primary role of your major advisor. Advisors can speak to you about course content, which courses fit best with your interest areas, and what kinds of courses might work best with your learning style. Any and all of these discussions can occur during your advising appointment.
Rachel Weiss 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, prepare for study abroad or advance through their four-year plans. Schedule an appointment in Starfish.
L&S career resources
Every L&S major opens a world of possibilities. SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students turn the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and other coursework into fulfilling lives after graduation, whether that means jobs, public service, graduate school or other career pursuits.
In addition to providing basic support like resume reviews and interview practice, SuccessWorks offers ways to explore interests and build career skills from their very first semester/term at UW all the way through graduation and beyond.
Students can explore careers in one-on-one advising, try out different career paths, complete internships, prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications, and connect with supportive alumni and even employers in the fields that inspire them.
- Set up a career advising appointment
- Enroll in a Career Course - a great idea for first- and second-year students:
- Learn about internships and internship funding
- INTER-LS 260 Internship in the Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Activate your Handshake account to apply for jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers recruiting UW-Madison students
- Learn about the impact SuccessWorks has on students' lives
FACULTY & Staff
Please visit the Asian Languages & Cultures website for a complete list of faculty, instructional, and academic staff.
Students in the Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) department academic programs are encouraged to become engaged in undergraduate research. There are numerous programs that provide research opportunities for undergraduates at UW–Madison including:
The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures has various scholarships to support meritorious students in our programs. Application information and deadlines.
Chinese Language Learners Bridge Fund
Chinese Major Alumni Jarrett Wiesolek (Class of 2011) and Ali Dibble (Class of 2012) launched the Bridge Fund in 2016. CLLBF is designed to award scholarships to students who are passionate about learning Chinese and building bridges between UW–Madison and China.
Ellen and William E. Fisher Scholarship
Ellen and William E. Fisher have provided funding for an annual scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate student at UW–Madison who is studying the Chinese language. According to the terms of the gift agreement, the award is based on merit, therefore there is no application, but faculty will make a determination based on students progressing in the program. Mr. Fisher stipulated that the award must be made in the Fall semester, so that the recipient can use it in the Spring semester.
Gwang-Tsai Chen Award
Professor Sabina Knight established this scholarship in honor of Gwang-Tsai (Arthur) Chen, Emeritus Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature at UW–Madison. The scholarship recognizes a rising undergraduate Chinese major. Student eligibility: must be a non-heritage language learner, freshman or sophomore standing, a GPA above 3.5.
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
East Asian Studies FLAS Coordinator: Laurie Dennis, Assistant Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 325 Ingraham Hall
FLAS fellowships are funded by the US Department of Education and administered by UW–Madison's National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. FLAS awards are only available for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training. Academic Year and Summer FLAS awards are two separate competitions requiring two separate and complete applications.
This is the primary campus-wide portal for applicants, current students, and everyone looking for scholarship opportunities on campus.
Undergraduate Academic Awards Office
We help UW–Madison undergraduates and recent graduates pursue nationally competitive scholarships and campus-wide awards for research, service, and leadership—activities at the heart of the Wisconsin Experience. We can help you:
- Find scholarship opportunities that match your goals and interests
- Navigate the scholarship application process
- Review scholarship essays
- Prepare for national scholarship interviews
Contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss which opportunities are right for you.
These scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. (Full list of preferred countries) Additionally, all programs must include formal study of an appropriate foreign language. (Full list of preferred languages).
Critical Language Scholarship Program
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The CLS program is part of the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.
The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.
The Gilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for US citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to assume significant roles in the increasingly global economy.