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Major in Chinese Studies

Program Overview

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts

Department Name

Asian Studies

Department Chair Name

Lisa Knight

Department Assistant Name

Amie Buckmaster

What is a Chinese studies degree?

The growing influence of China cannot be ignored by anyone in pursuit of a complete understanding of the world, especially those seeking a well-rounded education and postgraduate success in an increasingly diverse and pluralistic society. Graduates with a Chinese studies degree will be prepared to engage with the people, ideas and issues that shape one of the world’s most dynamic regions.

Why study Chinese studies at Furman?

The Chinese studies program at Furman will take you beyond the traditional classroom experience. We offer undergraduates a wealth of opportunities for hands-on research, internships and study of the country’s diverse societies. And you’ll benefit from the small class sizes and mentoring opportunities within a private liberal arts and sciences university environment. You won’t just study a culture, language or religion in our program – you’ll study it all.

How will you learn?

Through the Chinese studies program at Furman, you will explore a curriculum made up of a broad range of courses and a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation. Conduct internships and field and text-based research. Study abroad in China or collaborate with a Chinese studies faculty member conducting research over the summer or during the academic year. And experience a diversity of aspects of Asia without leaving campus in our modern language center, language houses, reading room and authentic Japanese temple.

Careers for Chinese studies majors

Many B.A. recipients go on to further studies, including postgraduate programs and training in Asian languages.

The Furman Chinese studies department can help prepare you for a variety of careers in this increasingly prominent field, including:

  • International business and trade
  • Education
  • Law
  • Government and politics
  • Intelligence work
  • Media

Chinese studies courses: What will you study?

Survey of Chinese Culture

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Politics of China

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94%
Placement rate six months after graduation (employed or in graduate school)
No. 6
U.S. News and World Report rank among national liberal arts colleges in the Southeast
9:1
Student to faculty ratio

What our students say

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“I chose Chinese Studies because of its usefulness and relevancy. China has a rich culture which has lasted for centuries and continues to flourish. China is the world’s second-largest economy, and its impact on the world is something important to know and understand. Understanding the language is also an advantageous skill to hold because it opens opportunities that you could only ever dream about.” - Megan Litz ’22

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s Asian studies faculty represents decades of study and real-world expertise in multiple academic departments.

  • Eiho Baba
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies

    Eiho Baba

    Eiho Baba
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642942389

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  • Sam Britt
    Title:

    Professor of Asian Studies and Religion

    Sam Britt

    Sam Britt
    Title:

    Professor of Asian Studies and Religion

    Phone Number: 8642943518

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  • Alexander Francis-Ratte
    Title:

    James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

    Alexander Francis-Ratte

    Alexander Francis-Ratte
    Title:

    James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943389

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  • Lane J Harris
    Title:

    Associate Professor and Chair, History

    Lane J Harris

    Lane J Harris
    Title:

    Associate Professor and Chair, History

    Phone Number: 8642942798

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  • Nadia Kanagawa
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, History and Asian Studies

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    Nadia Kanagawa
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, History and Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642942281

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  • Katherine Palmer Kaup
    Title:

    James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Politics and International Affairs

    Katherine Palmer Kaup

    Katherine Palmer Kaup
    Title:

    James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Politics and International Affairs

    Phone Number: 8642943150

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  • Lisa I. Knight
    Title:

    Professor, Religion, Asian Studies, and Anthropology; Chair of Asian Studies

    Lisa I. Knight

    Lisa I. Knight
    Title:

    Professor, Religion, Asian Studies, and Anthropology; Chair of Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943293

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  • Harry Kuoshu
    Title:

    Herring Professor of Asian Studies

    Harry Kuoshu

    Harry Kuoshu
    Title:

    Herring Professor of Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642942278

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  • Savita Nair
    Title:

    Professor, History and Asian Studies; Director, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Inclusive Pedagogy Fellow, FDC

    Savita Nair

    Savita Nair
    Title:

    Professor, History and Asian Studies; Director, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Inclusive Pedagogy Fellow, FDC

    Phone Number: 8642943332

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  • Izumi Tokunaga
    Title:

    Lecturer of Asian Studies

    Izumi Tokunaga

    Izumi Tokunaga
    Title:

    Lecturer of Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943189

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  • Andrew Womack
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Anthropology

    Andrew Womack

    Andrew Womack
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Anthropology

    Phone Number: 8642942486

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  • Shusake Yagi
    Title:

    Professor of Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Anthropology, and Film Studies

    Shusake Yagi

    Shusake Yagi
    Title:

    Professor of Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Anthropology, and Film Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943184
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  • Edward Yazijian
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Religion and Asian Studies

    Edward Yazijian

    Edward Yazijian
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Religion and Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943682

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  • Qiaosi Joyce Yuan
    Title:

    Visiting Instructor, Asian Studies

    Qiaosi Yuan

    Qiaosi Joyce Yuan
    Title:

    Visiting Instructor, Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943772

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  • Dongming Zhang
    Title:

    James B. Duke Associate Professor of Asian Studies

    Dongming Zhang

    Dongming Zhang
    Title:

    James B. Duke Associate Professor of Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642942951

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a Chinese studies degree?

    Many B.A. recipients go on to further studies, including postgraduate programs and training in Asian languages. Many Chinese studies graduates have found success in law, the U.S. Foreign Service or other government fieds, such as intelligence work, international finance and marketing.

    What jobs can you get with an Chinese studies degree?

    The Furman Asian studies department can help prepare you for a variety of careers in this increasingly vital field, including international finance, translating, journalism, public health, law, diplomacy and government service, public policy, international development and social work.

    What is the average salary for Chinese studies majors?

    The average annual pay for graduates with an undergraduate degree in Asian studies is $57,299, according to ZipRecruiter. While salaries can range as high as $121,000, the majority of majors earn between $38,500 and $66,500, with top earners making $94,000 or more annually.

    How long does an Asian studies degree take?

    Furman’s Chinese studies B.A. program is typically a four-year program.

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