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What is a Major in Chinese?

The astounding economic growth of China means that the culture and modern society will have an important role in the future of global affairs and careers. The Chinese Major at UCSB will provide you with a thorough grounding in the diversity of Chinese culture and traditions from imperial to modern times. The Chinese language you will learn is the best way to convince your future employers that you stand out from other college graduates who have never learned the language and that you have an inside view of the culture. Being able to read Chinese will keep you abreast of Chinese current events and social attitudes through the online and print world.

A knowledge of one or more languages can be useful in a wide range of careers. For some careers, such as translating, interpreting and language teaching, language skills are one of the main requirements. For other careers a combination of languages and other training, qualifications, or skills may be needed. For example, people with language knowledge and additional experience in technology, law, finance or sales skills are often more competitive for many jobs. Some Chinese Majors may wish to go on to graduate school to obtain a professional degree, such as a journalism degree, a law degree, or Masters of Business Administration. Others may have an academic orientation and may wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree in History, Literature, Religious Studies, Film Studies, Anthropology, and so forth, specializing in China, and preparing for a career as a university professor or research scholar.

Major American corporations in manufacturing, trade, media industries, information technologies, tourism, as well as alternative energy and green industries increasingly have business in China. These will all require employees who know the language and culture. Not only the Federal Government, but also American local and state governments have the need for researchers, cultural ambassadors, legal experts, and educators who understand China and the Chinese language.

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From the UCSB Chinese Major Website:
The Chinese Major at UCSB will provide you with a thorough grounding in the diversity of Chinese culture and traditions from imperial to modern times. The Chinese language you will learn is the best way to convince your future employers that you stand out from other college graduates who have never learned the language and that you have an inside view of the culture. Being able to read Chinese will keep you abreast of Chinese current events and social attitudes through the online and print world.

What kinds of classes can a Chinese Studies major expect to take?

We have classes on a diversity of interests, from poetry, linguistics, classical fiction, women’s literature, modern literature, to modern cinema, to modern history, to Daoism and Buddhism from medieval to modern times, to religion and politics in modernity, and Anthropology of China. We even offer Business Chinese.

Students may wish to consider a double-major in Chinese Studies and another disciplinary field in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics, or even Engineering and Natural Sciences.

View course requirements for the Chinese B.A. major.

How Can I Tell If I Would Like Chinese?

Do you like learning languages? Do you have a particular interest in China, or in East Asia more broadly? Do you like martial arts movies? Do you like reading classic literary works and watching great movies? Are you curious about Buddhism, Daoism, or Confucianism? Are you interested in learning more about Chinese history, society, and culture? If so, you will benefit from being a Chinese major. Take a look at our Chinese Language Program website for detailed information about courses and requirements.

Even if you don’t yet have a special interest in Chinese culture, being a Chinese major will be very valuable if you think you might one day want to work in a field that requires knowledge of languages, or even just an awareness of and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues.

What can a student do with a Chinese Major upon Graduation?

American corporations in manufacturing, trade, media industries, information technologies, tourism, as well as alternative energy and green industries increasingly have business in China. Major corporations have branch offices there. These will all require employees who know the language and culture. Not only the Federal Government, but also American local and state governments have the need for researchers, cultural ambassadors, legal experts, and educators who understand China and the Chinese language. As Chinese businesses increasingly go global, they will have the need for American natives who can help them understand American culture, business practices, and legal systems, as well as help them in reaching out to the English-speaking world. The Chinese educational system is keen on upgrading the level of English competency at all levels of education, and many Westerners find work in China introducing Western culture, but discover that they need to know Chinese. Many Western and international NGO’s also now operate in China, involved in environmental relief efforts, poverty relief, AIDS relief, and human rights efforts.

Some Chinese Majors may wish to go on to graduate school to obtain a professional degree, such as a journalism degree, a law degree, or Masters of Business Administration. Others may have an academic orientation and may wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree in History, Literature, Religious Studies, Film Studies, Anthropology, and so forth, specializing in China, and preparing for a career as a university professor or research scholar.

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Students who do well in Chinese language may apply to study for a year in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Singapore under the University of California Education Abroad Program. Arrangements can also be made for various periods of study in the PRC through the Education Abroad Program. For certain EAP programs, students can go abroad after two quarters of a language.
 

Resources and Professional Associations

UCSB Department of East Asian & Cultural Languages
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is dedicated to the study of the civilizations of China, Japan and Korea in all their richness and diversity. The Chinese concentration provides opportunities for extensive language training and interdisciplinary coursework, concentrating on the humanistic fields of literature, history, and religious studies.

The Davidson Library's Chinese Studies guide provides a broad range of information sources to aid in your research.  Only resources accessible through Internet are included in this guide.  All selected databases and websites in this section are in Chinese.  Western language resources of Chinese studies are listed under "East Asian Studies."

South Asia Journalists Association
Provides a networking and resource forum for journalists of South Asian origin.

American Association for Chinese Studies
AACS is the only academic society in America devoted exclusively to the general area of Chinese studies.

Association for Asian Studies
AAS is the largest society of its kind in the world, it is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia.