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B.A. in Chinese

Acquire superior levels of Chinese language skills and become a global professional.

Chinese majors at the University of Mississippi study the language, linguistics, literature, history, and culture of China. They gain the cultural awareness and intellectual strategies necessary to navigate the interconnected and multicultural world in which we live.

Key Benefits

Chinese is spoken by over one billion people, nearly a quarter of the world's population. Our students attain strong language competence in listening and reading comprehension, speaking, and writing skills as well as the cultural knowledge necessary for interacting with Chinese-speaking people in professional or informal contexts. Students may pursue the Chinese major or participate in the Chinese Language Flagship Program, one of only 12 federally funded Chinese language programs in the nation.

Graduate Outcomes

A liberal arts education empowers and prepares graduates to deal with complexity and change through a broad knowledge of the world. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with a diverse group of people. People who fluently speak a foreign language have better job opportunities. Related careers to Chinese include international business & banking, tourism, journalism, law, translation, foreign service, cultural affairs, military service, non-profits, and health care.

Experiences Offered

To boost Chinese proficiency and provide valuable in-country experience, the Chinese Language Flagship Program has study abroad opportunities built into the curriculum and funded by the federal grant. Our university is the only Chinese Flagship program that operates summer program in Taiwan after the freshman year. A capstone fifth year of study in China further refines Chinese language skills while studying courses in a major field of interest and pursuing internships.

B.A. in Chinese Faculty

The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi boasts six faculty members who teach Chinese as well as six teaching assistants and domain mentors who provide one-on-one tutoring to assist students.

Cheng-Fu Chen
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages
Henrietta Shu-Fen Yang
Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics
Rongrong Hao
Lecturer in Modern Languages
Mengjie Lin
Instructor in Modern Languages
Shuyu Yeh
Instructor in Modern Languages
Zhini Zeng
Associate Professor of Chinese

A major in Chinese for the B.A. degree requires 30 semester hours of Chinese courses beyond the 200 level. Students must complete a minimum of 9 of the 30 upper-division credits in residence on the University of Mississippi campus at Oxford, Tupelo, or Southaven. A maximum of 15 of the 30 upper-division credits for the major may be taken through an approved study abroad program.

While admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Chinese are the same as the general admission requirements, prospective students must apply to be part of the Chinese Language Flagship Program, which can be paired with any major (including Chinese).

Anthony Yuen

With the support of the Chinese Language Flagship, Anthony (B.A. Chinese and international studies, 2008) spent a total of a year and a half in China honing his proficiency in Mandarin and developing an expertise in China's political, economic, and social issues. During the capstone year at Nanjing University he interned with a Chinese law firm. After earning the M.A. in international affairs from Georgetown University and internships with the US Department of State and Department of Treasury, Anthony joined PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Washington, D.C.-based Global Intelligence, Anti-Corruption and Strategic Threat Management practice group where he led an East Asia-focused research and investigative team. He joined the Clinton Health Access Initiative's malaria elimination financing team for Southern Africa in 2018.

Why study Chinese at UM?
"The interdisciplinary approach aptly reflects the demands of today's job market, where many employers appreciate Chinese proficiency as a critically valuable skill."

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