Chinese Studies at Messiah College
Become knowledgeable, confident and competent in Chinese language, history and culture as a Chinese studies major at Messiah College.
“中文课欢迎你! zhōngwén kè huānyíng nĭ !”“Welcome to the Chinese class!” Chinese is spoken by more people than any other language in the world. This major will help you build a wide range of highly marketable skills that global–minded employers desire. Messiah’s Chinese studies major provides broad preparation in the Chinese language and culture while also giving you the flexibility to complete a second major—or even two minors—in other areas that interest you.
Chinese studies major distinctives
As a Chinese Studies major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Develop proficiency in another language.
- Spend a semester studying in China.
- Take nine credits of Chinese language courses and three to six credits of courses in Chinese culture or history conducted in English.
- Live among other international students in China where you can easily meet and interact with many Chinese students.
- Gain skills that are in high demand among many of today’s employers.
- Develop global awareness and cultural understanding through direct experiences in the Chinese culture.
- Prepare for a career as a translator or interpreter in secondary and higher education, missions, international business, law, journalism, government or the Foreign Service.
- Continue on to graduate school to specialize in Chinese, business, international studies and many other fields.
Career options for Chinese studies majors
As a graduate of the Chinese studies program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Government employee
Internship opportunities for Chinese studies majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of Chinese studies internships. A few examples include:
- CEO Global USA
- English First
- Teach for China
- Work with ISA/GlobalLinks Learning Abroad to secure internships in locations throughout China
- English Language Institute of China
From ancient time, Chinese people believed it is essential to know another person’s culture before entering their territory. This is particularly true for those interested in business and missionary opportunities in China.
You won’t simply read textbooks and attend class lectures to complete the course requirements for this major. You’ll have the unique opportunity to learn about the Chinese culture firsthand through an exciting semester of study abroad in China where you’ll live among other international students. You will easily meet and interact with many Chinese students!
Benefits of a Chinese studies degree
China has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Learning Chinese language and culture will equip you with a better understanding of China’s culture and people, and will make you more effective in your profession whatever the path you chose.
After completing your Chinese studies degree, you’ll be prepared for a career as a translator or interpreter in secondary and higher education, missions, international business, law, journalism, government or the Foreign Service. Many students wish to continue on to graduate school to specialize in Chinese, business, international studies and many other fields.