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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.

Introductory Course

Choose one or more from:

  • Traditional China and Its Modern Fate
  • China: Its Culture and Heritage

Language Courses:

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

Information Literacy course:

Chinese Studies Research and Bibliographic Methods

Intermediate Courses

Choose two or more from:

  • China in Revolution
  • Buddhism in East Asia
  • Women in East Asian Literature
  • Survey of Classical Chinese Literature in Translation I
  • Survey of Classical Chinese Literature in Translation II
  • Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
  • Reform and Resistance in Contemporary China
  • Chinese Painting
  • History of Premodern China
  • History of Modern China


Choose one or more from:

  • Classical Chinese I
  • Classical Chinese II
  • Classical Chinese Poetry
  • Chinese Travel Literature
  • Readings in Chinese Drama
  • Change in Medieval China
  • Readings in Buddhist Texts
  • Confucius and Confucianism
  • The History and Culture of Traditional Tibet
  • The Silk Road

300 or 400 Level Elective

Choose one or more from any upper level Chinese Studies (EAC) Course


See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact James M. Hargett at 518-442-4233 or


Career Outcomes

Your professional opportunities after graduating with a Chinese Studies degree may take you into governmental service or international business work. China's enormous stature on the world stage ensures that these roles 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 fields. Possible 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
  • 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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