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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Careers in Chinese

A BA in Chinese Studies opens the door to one of the most important regions in the world as we enter what many are calling “The Asian Century.”  Students who major in Chinese Studies will learn about Chinese culture, history, politics, and society, providing a context with which to understand China’s growing importance in the global economy as well as its surging significance in world politics.  In addition to acquiring a cultural and historical background, students will become proficient in Mandarin, a language spoken by over one billion people worldwide, in the PRC, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora, and have opportunities to study abroad in Asia. 

Students who graduate with a degree in Chinese studies will be equipped with the following skills:

  • linguistic proficiency in Mandarin Chinese
  • critical thinking/analytical reasoning
  • verbal and written communication in English
  • research experience
  • ability to work with diverse groups
  • global awareness
  • cross-cultural literacy
  • experience living abroad

 Careers to Consider:

 Cultural Consulting
State Department / Government
Primary / Secondary Education
Journalism
International Business
Translation
Interpretation
Trade
Green Industries / Alternative Energy

Local / National Level Cultural Ambassador
Tourism
Manufacturing
Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
Lobbyist
Media Sales
Advocacy
Public Health
Academia


Advanced Degrees that are especially attractive for students with a background in Chinese:

Asian Studies
Linguistics
Art History
Film and Media Studies
Comparative Literature
Political Science

Anthropology
Environmental Studies
Sociology
History
Law
Religious Studies