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Bachelor of Arts

Chinese Studies

Program of Study

Immersive Learning

You have options regarding traveling to China for intensive study. Whether you go for a summer, a semester or a whole year, this immersive experience is sure to be a valuable highlight of your collegiate education, a way to take your language learning to the next level and gain firsthand knowledge.

You can do more than take courses while studying in China. There are internships available at Chinese companies and the local branches of multinational firms. Work experience and connections gained at these positions may have lasting value beyond graduation, and the language and cultural immersion will add emphasis to your learning experience.

Honors Program

Students with 3.50 grade point average are eligible for the Honors Program. In addition to completing the regular requirements for the major in Chinese Studies, students in the Honors Program complete a further six credits of A EAS 495, Colloquium in East Asian Studies.

Chinese Studies Foundation Courses

Choose six credits from:

  • Chinese Studies courses at the 100 and 200 levels courses (except Elementary Chinese 101, 102)
  • Note: Elementary Chinese language courses (101 and 102) are excluded from this requirement.

Language Requirements

  • Intermediate Chinese I & II
  • Advanced Chinese I & II

Information Literacy Course

East Asian Studies Research Methods

Upper Level Courses

Choose six credits from any upper-level Chinese Studies (EAC) Courses and upper level East Asian Studies (EAS) courses.

Sample courses:

  • Urban Development in China
  • China's Economic History
  • Government and Politics in the People's Republic of China
  • History of Premodern China
  • History of Modern China
  • Classical Chinese Poetry
  • Zen Buddhism
  • Confucius and Confucianism
  • The Silk Road

Capstone Course

  • East Asian Studies Research Capstone
Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Option

You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. 

Combine your Chinese Studies degree with the MS in Information Science program. This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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Career Outcomes

A Chinese Studies degree will enhance your ability to succeed in any field that involves expertise about China. Two popular areas are governmental service and international business. China's enormous stature on the world stage ensures that individuals with this kind of knowledge will be in demand for the foreseeable future. You may also opt to combine your knowledge of Chinese language and culture with graduate studies in health care, education, information science or communication to seek specialized roles in those additional fields. 

Potential career paths include:

  • Banking, accounting or marketing work with an international focus
  • Government work at the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation or Department of Homeland Security
  • Cultural commentary and analysis
  • Interpreting or language expertise in the military
  • Chinese language instruction
  • Health, IT or communications roles that require Chinese language fluency



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"The University at Albany Chinese Studies program prepared me well for the challenges of law school, and I continue to explore many of the subjects I was exposed to during my time at UAlbany. I have no doubt that my experience as a student in the Chinese Studies program, and the support I received from the EAS faculty as an alumnus greatly contributed to my acceptance to and graduation from Albany Law School."

-Matthew Burnham, ’02

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Students will acquire proficiency in spoken and written language to the advanced college level [Chinese and Japanese majors]
  •  Students will gain elementary proficiency in one or more East Asian language [East Asian Studies majors]
  • Students will gain intermediate proficiency in spoken and written Korean [East Asian Studies majors with a Korean minor]
  • Students will gain familiarity with the highlights of East Asian Literature, History, Religion and Geography. [all majors]
  • Students will acquire an ability to navigate library catalogs and the internet with specific emphasis on Chinese, Japanese and Korean databases and resources in order to conduct research using East Asian Studies materials. [all majors]
  • Students will complete research projects on one or more East Asian Countries [all majors]
  • Students will gain an understanding of native perspectives from a broad exposure to primary material [all majors]

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Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
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