Chinese Studies explores one
of the world’s most powerful
shapers of the future
PASSPORT TO A FIFTH OF HUMANITY
There are over a billion Chinese speakers,
which translates to about one out of every five humans.
Chinese speakers outnumber English speakers by about 2 to 1.
Our major gives you much more than just language. Students learn in depth about China’s history, literature, politics and contemporary society.
Issues of culture in China are headline news as it struggles with rapid change. A group of Drew students and faculty recently used a $25,000 research grant to travel to China and study women’s education.
As the world’s fastest-growing economy, the speed of change in China is breathtaking and momentous. With the skills you learn as a Drew Chinese Studies major you can be a part of this history.
Careers Made easy
Chinese language skills are highly prized in today’s job market. Majoring or double-majoring in Chinese Studies opens doors and makes graduates uniquely desirable to employers in any number of fields, from business to the sciences to humanities and fine arts.
Our faculty helps graduates with introductions and recommendations to educational institutions and employers both in North America and in China. Since the department is close-knit, our recommendations are based on a close working knowledge of each student’s skills.
Many of our alumni are already working in China and arranged their employment soon after graduation.
*loosely translates as “personal connection”
I was able to recognize my Chinese skills when I lived in China for six months and needed to communicate with local people and my Chinese teachers. After my semester abroad, I returned to China for a research project conducted in Chinese.
My main focus is to prepare students linguistically, culturally and intellectually for interaction with China and the Chinese-speaking world. I take great satisfaction in traveling to China with my students—I’ve done it six times, in both summer and Drew International Seminar programs.
Ph.D., Ohio State University
- Financial analyst
ACA Compliance Group
- English teacher
Pinghe Bilingual School, Shanghai
- Account coordinator
Hanwha International, LLC, Cranbury, N.J.
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My Favorite Course
“I was able to listen to Chinese spoken in film and understand what was being discussed. Through movies I was also able to observe Chinese culture and values.”
Jessica Cooney on Selected Topics in Modern Chinese Literature and Film