Chinese (BA, BA/MA)

Mandarin (Standard) Chinese is the official language for over 1.3 billion people in China, with many speakers around the globe. China is the world’s most populous country and second largest economy. The Chinese major at Ohio State is offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL), which is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States.

Through innovative teaching approaches, Chinese majors acquire a strong and well-rounded foundation in Chinese language, culture, literature and linguistics. Students become conversant in many facets of Chinese humanities both past and present. Though Mandarin is the primary focus of the Chinese major, there are also courses in Cantonese and Classical Chinese. Besides language, strengths include early, pre-modern, and modern Chinese literature and culture, Chinese linguistics, and folk and popular culture.

DEALL offers exciting programs for studying Chinese in China during summer. In concert with the OSU China Gateway, DEALL also offers a unique cultural program with Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu, one of China’s largest ethnic minority universities.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

The Chinese program is one of the top ranked language pedagogy programs in the nation. Alumni of the undergraduate Chinese program serve in a wide range of industry, including marketing, banking, engineering, trade and education. A number of alumni also pursue careers in federal agencies.

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Chinese is applicable in a variety of settings in the United States and abroad. Mastery of Chinese allows students to consider careers in such fields as education, government, international trade, banking, print or electronic media, tourism, or art. Many employers are eager to hire graduates who are fluent in Chinese because their businesses interact with Chinese speakers. Careers in which Chinese is the primary emphasis include teaching Chinese at all levels; interpreting and translating for the United Nations, government, or for private and public organizations; and a variety of positions in the travel and tourism industry at home or abroad.

courses you might take:

CHINESE 2231: Traditional Chinese Culture

Chinese institutions, philosophical trends, religion, literature, and visual and performing arts prior to the 20th century.

CHINESE 2232: Modern Chinese Culture

Modern Chinese culture as reflected in family life, language, literature, art, and film viewed from the perspective of modern Chinese history. Taught in English.

CHINESE 2283: Chinese Calligraphy

Techniques of writing Chinese characters with a brush; practice in different styles from oracle bone to grass; introduction to its importance in the Chinese culture, and its relationship with Chinese philosophy, poetry, and painting.

CHINESE 2451: Chinese Literature in Translation

Representative masterpieces of pre-modern Chinese literature in English translation, including poetry, prose, fiction and/or drama.

CHINESE 4405: China in Chinese Film

An overview of Chinese cinema, with a focus on how film represents issues of nationhood, national identity, and national trauma. Taught in English, no Chinese required.



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