Major in Chinese Studies
Bachelor of Arts
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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
- Government and politics
- Intelligence work
Chinese studies courses: What will you study?
Survey of Chinese Culture
Politics of China
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Furman’s Chinese studies B.A. program is typically a four-year program.