Having training in an important language like Chinese makes you eligible for jobs in government, foreign service, communication services (journalism and television), economics, business, international law, agriculture, trade, science, and technology.
Combining a minor in Chinese with a minor in Asian studies and a major in another area (such as business, journalism, political science, and history) will uniquely prepare you to enjoy new opportunities and meet new challenges as Asian economies and politics become increasingly important in world affairs.
Ten Most Important Reasons to Study Chinese
Is Chinese Difficult to Learn?
Many people think Chinese must be difficult to learn because it is so different from other languages. That is a misleading concept. Yes, it is true that Chinese is very different from English and other languages. However, it does not mean it has to be difficult. Look at the following characteristics of the Chinese languages and then decide if it is really difficult to learn:
CH 101 - Beginning Chinese 1
The first course in the Chinese language.
CH 102 - Beginning Chinese 2
The second course in the Chinese language. Prerequisite: CH 101.
CH 201 - Intermediate Chinese 1
Designed to build on a foundation of first-year Chinese to help students achieve greater fluency in oral expression and to emphasize the reading of Chinese character texts containing both old and simplified character forms. Grammar will be taught through the use of sentence patterns, and character writing will be practiced. Traditional and contemporary aspects of Chinese culture will also be taught. Prerequisite: CH 102.
CH 202 - Intermediate Chinese 2
Designed to build on the foundation laid thus far in Chinese and to help students achieve greater fluency in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will read newspapers, short stories, and essays by modern authors with the help of a dictionary and will write short compositions in Hanzi on their readings. Prerequisite: CH 201.
HIST 495 - Modern China, 1600 to the Present
Descriptive and analytical survey with emphasis on China's changing role as a member of the world community, its response to increased Western contacts, disintegration of traditional order, revolutionary changes through the Republic of China and the People's Republic, and significant elements of contemporary Chinese society and culture.
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