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Featuring our Minors

The Chinese Minor program complements any of the majors at Montclair State University. Our current Chinese minors come from various disciplines, e.g. Psychology, Economics, Computer Science, Justice Studies, Biology, etc. Let’s see below why they love learning Chinese!

Hahae Woo

My name is Hahae Woo. I am a senior at Montclair State. I major in Linguistics and minor in Chinese.

I like learning the Chinese language because I studied at a Christian international school in China for one year when I was in middle school and I loved Chinese culture. The World Languages Requirement at Montclair State also gave me an opportunity to take Chinese classes. The professors in the Chinese program were very nice and helpful.

I studied abroad in China in the summer of 2016. All the people I met in Beijing were very kind and nice. We practiced spoken Chinese and did fun activities. We toured many famous places and learned Chinese culture too. I loved the people and culture in China so much that I did not want to come back to the U.S.! Also, the exciting study abroad experience helped me find my career goal and dream. Now I am very sure that I want to become an English teacher in China. All the Chinese teachers I met at the University and in Beijing cared about their students and taught with love. I highly recommend students to minor in Chinese at Montclair State and to go study abroad in China.

Jeff Powell

My name is Jeffrey Powell and I’m currently 29 years old. This is my first semester at Montclair State University. I’ve been studying Mandarin for over five years now. My experience of learning Chinese is very special as I started while living in China before getting any formal education in the language.

My background in Mandarin Chinese began while I was living abroad in the Chinese cities of Beijing and Hong Kong where I taught English to children at several private kindergartens from early 2011 through mid-2012. It was after receiving my TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification that I found myself in China. Prior to, I had no Mandarin language experience whatsoever.

Living in the country of that language is the best and most efficient way to learn. During that first year and a half, studying Mandarin Chinese slowly became a passion of mine. I immersed myself in the people and culture of China which immensely helped strengthen my knowledge and understanding of the language.

After returning to the United States, I continued to study on my own, even throughout my time in the U.S. Navy. Although I had strictly studied speaking initially, it became necessary to take a few steps back and I began learning the reading and writing portion of the language.

My first formal education of Mandarin began last winter at East Stroudsburg University. Within my first two weeks there, I was moved from Chinese 1 to an advanced Chinese level 3 course. Here at Montclair State University, I’ve started in an advanced Chinese Culture class. During my time at Montclair, I plan to major in Business and minor in Chinese.

If you’d like to hear more about my experience in China, check out my eBook entitled Guy Meets China: A Young Man’s Journey While Teaching in China.