Mandarin Chinese Minor

Students minoring in Mandarin Chinese will take a minimum of six courses numbered MAND 1501 INTERMEDIATE MANDARIN I and higher, to be selected in consultation with the assigned departmental Mandarin Chinese minor adviser. These courses normally include:

Course Title Credits
Select at least one 2000-level elective course4
Select at least one 3000-level elective course4
Select three additional elective courses12

Students who place out of MAND 1501, MAND 1502, or MAND 2001 will replace them with 2000- or 3000-level elective courses. A selection of all courses can be viewed here.

Up to one course in translation may be applied toward the minor if the readings and assignments are done in Mandarin Chinese.

All courses counting towards the core language requirement and the major or the minor in a modern foreign language, literature and culture must be taken for credit and a letter grade. When AP or IB credits are awarded as equivalent to the 1502 level in a language, these credits will be applied toward the core language requirement and, as elective credits, toward graduation, but they will not be applied toward the major or the minor in that language.

Study Abroad

Students interested in the Mandarin Chinese minor are strongly encouraged to study in a Chinese-speaking country for at least one semester. A maximum of two courses for the Mandarin Chinese minor may be taken abroad; a maximum of three courses, if they are taken at the university-affiliated Beijing Center in China. Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their minor must have these courses approved by the Mandarin Chinese minor adviser prior to their going abroad.


The minor in Mandarin Chinese is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may minor in Mandarin Chinese only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.