Program Overview

Bachelor of Arts
Asian Studies
Department Chair Name
Alexander Francis-Ratte
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.

Featured Chinese studies courses

  • 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

“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

Eiho Baba

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies

Lane Harris

Professor and Chair, History

Nadia Kanagawa

Assistant Professor, History and Asian Studies

Katherine "Kate" Kaup 白荷婷

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

Andrew Womack

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Anthropology

Dongming Zhang

James B. Duke Associate Professor of Asian Studies
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Chinese Studies Major F.A.Q.