Chinese Studies

Embrace opportunities by accepting challenges and differences

With China becoming a very important role player in the world, Chinese studies is extremely meaningful for the students whose dream is to impact and change the world. China is still the less-known part of the world where the present is complicated and exciting, and the future is full of unpredictability, possibilities and opportunities.

Why Choose Chinese Studies at Willamette University?

Chinese Studies at Willamette University is founded on a broad scope of curriculum in multiple disciplines. Accomplished faculty in history, international politics, economics, folklore, religion, art, traditional and modern Chinese culture, Chinese media and film, gender studies, anthropology, and many other fields have created a rich pool of courses focusing on China. Students can easily find the courses that are interesting to them. Language students are taught in small and dynamic classes within a community where the number of Chinese speaking students are increasing at a very fast pace. Students can join Chinese garden trips, cultural lectures, and other cultural activities to enhance their understanding of the Chinese language and culture.

Chinese Studies at Willamette University helps students to start, improve and excel in language and culture studies. Our large group of Chinese speaking students has created a welcoming environment for students to practice the Chinese language, exchange ideas, and discuss Chinese social issues and contemporary culture. New learners can participate in the Chinese Student Association’s activities and events, meet people, make friends, and become active contributors to the Willamette campus life that respects and celebrates diversity. Advanced students can participate in the Saturday Exploration Program, teaching youth the Chinese language, helping Salem-area middle school students start and improve their Chinese language skills, touring Chinese visiting students and scholars, and tutoring students in need.

Students are encouraged and well supported to study abroad in China. The sister schools, Xiamen University (Xiamen), East China University of Politics and Law (Shanghai), and Lingnan University (Hong Kong), are located in different regions in China to adapt to students’ different interests. In addition, the Willamette faculty is always willing to help students find other universities and programs based on their study goals.

A major in Chinese Studies

In the past years, a major in Chinese Studies at Willamette University has:

  • Helped students pursue their studies in graduate programs in prestigious institutions, such as the University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Helped students to succeed in job market, such as a market analyst focusing on China at Bemis Associates (Boston, MA)
  • Prepared students to teach in China, such as high schools in Suzhou and Xiamen
  • Encouraged students to continue learning the Chinese language and culture by teaching and working in China.