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Mandarin Minor

Discover the beauty of the Chinese language and the riches of its cultural heritage. Proficiency in the Mandarin language is an invaluable skill for many careers—business, international affairs, missions and development, to name a few. Learning Mandarin will help you communicate and collaborate with a substantial portion of the world’s population. You will also be prepared to better understand and respond to the economic and political realities of China, a country that continues to rise in prominence on the world stage.

Why study Mandarin at Gordon?

An understanding of how language works is invaluable for the study of any language, including Mandarin. At Gordon, you can take your Mandarin studies to a deeper level by adding linguistics courses and spending a semester abroad. Here, you won’t be too far away from multiple venues where you can bring your Mandarin studies to life—you might take the weekend to visit Chinatown in Boston, or familiarize yourself with Chinese cuisine by going shopping at the Chinese market in Malden.

What careers can I pursue with a minor in Mandarin?

Your proficiency in the Mandarin language will prove beneficial for a wide variety of careers, including the following:

  • Business
  • International affairs
  • Government
  • Missions
  • Development work

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Join the Chinese club, which periodically meets for cultural discussions, film viewings, and conversations over lunch. Explore Chinese-themed exhibits at the nearby Peabody Essex Museum in Salem or the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, or attend a Chinese church in the local area. 

Global Opportunities

As part of the Mandarin minor, you will immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture through a semester-long study abroad program. For more information on various opportunities, contact the languages program director or the Global Education Office.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Damon DiMauro
Languages Program Director
P 978 867 4349

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