Hunter College, located in the heart of Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country. Currently 21,000 students attend Hunter, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 different programs of study. Hunter College is renowned for the diversity of its student body. Two-thirds of the students speak a foreign language at home.
For nearly 140 years, Hunter has provided educational opportunities for women and minorities. Today, students from every walk of life and every corner of the world convene at Hunter in pursuit of an education that in 2011 Princeton Review ranked as one of the top ten best value public schools.
In addition to its academic offerings in its School of Arts and Sciences, Hunter College offers a wide breadth of programs, including its preeminent Schools of Education, Nursing, and Social Work. Students can enroll in a plethora of CUNY doctoral programs based at Hunter, as well as participate in a number of accelerated and advanced certificate programs.
The Chinese Program at Hunter College, housed in the Classical and Oriental Studies Department, was established in 1967. Hunter is the only college within the CUNY system to offer an undergraduate degree in Chinese. The program currently boasts an abundant array of course offerings in modern and classical Chinese. Our program also offers interdisciplinary courses cross-listed with Film, History, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Political Science, and Asian Studies programs. It is no exaggeration to say that Hunter has been turning out global professionals and scholars of Chinese for thirty years.
Aside from offering a full four-year program at the undergraduate level, in 2008 a graduate program in the Teaching of Chinese Program was established to respond to the increased demand for Chinese teachers from K-12 to higher education.