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Chinese Studies, B.A.


Throughout much of its history, China was the most culturally, intellectually, economically, and technologically dominant civilization in Asia and the world. With the recent developments in China, the country is exerting an ever-broadening influence on the world community.

Area and Global Studies

Brooks College


The Chinese studies major provides students who are interested in China a cross-disciplinary basis for understanding its rich cultural resources, its importance in the contemporary world, and the complexities of U.S.-China relations. At the core of the program is a strong emphasis on the language, culture, history, philosophy, and politics. Elective courses from different departments and disciplines can be combined to build a strong and personalized understanding of China. A study abroad requirement assures students a firsthand experience with the language and culture. This enables students to have a broad vision and open mind as educated persons and responsible citizens of the world.

Chinese Studies Major

Course Offerings

Study Plan

For more information, contact:

Jeremy Robinson
EAS Program Coordinator

D-2-136 Mackinac Hall
Telephone: (616) 331-8907
Email robinjer@gvsu.edu 

China represents one fifth of the world's population and has the world's oldest uninterrupted culture. A major unifying factor in this culture is the language, kept alive through one of the richest literary traditions of the world. Throughout much of its history, China was the most culturally, intellectually, economically, and technologically dominant civilization in Asia and the world. With the recent developments in China, the country is exerting an ever-broadening influence on the world community. The Chinese studies major not only allows one to have a better understanding of the Chinese culture but also new perspectives on our own culture and enriched self-understanding.

"I'm passionate about the subject I teach. The Chinese study abroad program is very successful. One former student, who was always very shy, became very confident through the program. He's now the president of a Chinese import business."

Peimin Ni, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy


Program Offerings

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree allows one to not only build a solid knowledge of China and its culture but also develop new perspectives on the U.S. culture and an enriched self-understanding. All majors participate in a study abroad program in mainland China or Taiwan in order to gain first-hand experience with the language and culture.


Coursework

At the core of the program is a strong emphasis on the language, culture, history, philosophy, literature, geography, and politics of China. Elective courses from different departments and disciplines can be combined to build a strong and personalized understanding of China.


Career Opportunities

Combined with a professional degree, the program prepares the student for the challenges in an increasingly multicultural and international world, The Chinese studies major provides an essential foundation for anyone interested in pursuing a career that may involve knowledge about China, such as:

  • International Business
  • Government
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Social work
  • The humanities
  • Education
  • Tourism

Why Study Chinese Studies?

The Chinese studies program at Grand Valley:

  • Prepares students for an increasingly diverse world of peoples, cultures, religions, and economies.
  • Is a gateway to gaining communicative and intercultural skills in a global economy.
  • Provides opportunities for study abroad and cultural enrichment.
  • Makes students well-educated individuals.