Chinese

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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