Chinese Studies program overview

The Chinese Studies Program offers a major that can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. Depending on your year of enrolment the requirements for completing the major may be different. Select from the options below to see the requirements relevant to you.

I started my degree before 2014

All students who intend to major in Chinese Studies are advised to take as many CHNS units of study as possible (up to a maximum of 60 senior credit points) and are strongly advised to take CHNS1601 Understanding Contemporary China in their first year.They must complete a minimum of 36 senior credit points in Chinese Studies, or selected units of study cross-listed from other programs.

Students may take Asian Studies units in addition to completing a Chinese Studies major to provide breadth in their major sequence. This applies particularly to students in the senior levels of the Beginners stream.

Students who have completed first-year language studies in advanced streams may be able to commence learning a second language alongside their major from second year onward. Mid-year entry students may need to exceed the junior credit point limit of their course in order to commence a language in their second year, in which case special permission will be needed.

I started my degree in or after 2014

A major in Chinese Studies requires at least 36 senior credit points including at least 24 from language units of study of which 6 must be at 3000 level.

Pathways through a Chinese Studies major differ from student to student, depending on the level of Chinese language ability at entry to the program. Starting at the appropriate level is essential, if you are unsure where you should start, contact the Department for advice.

Background speakers with advanced literacy are exempt from completing the language requirement of the major.

The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Chinese Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.

For more in-depth information on the Chinese Studies subject area, including tables and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, for current year enrolments go to

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Chinese Studies

For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.

Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.