Asian Languages (Chinese) (BA)
Accelerated Program

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The BA program in Asian languages with a concentration in Chinese emphasizes proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Mandarin and in reading classical Chinese. Students gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of the rich Chinese cultural tradition, centered on primary Chinese texts (in Chinese and in English translation) from the literary, intellectual and religious cultures of Chinese-speaking societies. These texts include visual and written materials on a variety of topics, including:

  • history
  • linguistics
  • literary theory
  • media
  • philosophy
  • religion
  • urban culture

Highly-motivated students interested in learning Chinese to professional-level proficiency are encouraged to inquire about the Chinese Language Flagship Program: All students with higher levels of linguistic competency may enroll in targeted courses (conducted in Chinese) offered as part of the Chinese flagship track.

Degree Offered

Asian Languages (Chinese) (BA)
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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Knowledge of multiple languages and intercultural competencies enhance any occupation and offer graduates many career opportunities. Language-intensive professions include:

  • foreign correspondent or media professional
  • foreign service officer
  • health professional
  • intelligence officer
  • international banking and finance professional
  • international businessperson
  • language teacher
  • law and immigration professional
  • multilingual administrative professional
  • nongovernmental organization professional
  • professor of language, literature and culture
  • social services professional
  • translator or interpreter
  • travel professional

Career fields in which speaking multiple languages is a benefit include:

  • advertising, marketing and communications
  • airline industry
  • film, television or multimedia
  • foreign correspondence and journalism
  • hospitality industry
  • hotel and resort management
  • intelligence
  • international education and study abroad administration
  • international law
  • military
  • ministry
  • public relations
  • publishing
  • technology industries

Additional education and certification may be required for some career paths.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 10.5%$72,230
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Intelligence Analysts4.5%$79,970
Interpreters and Translators 17.7%$47,190
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 11.9%$65,010

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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