China currently boasts the fastest growing economy in the world and is widely regarded as potentially the biggest global market in the twenty-first century. As China continues to become more of a major world power, it will have an enormous impact on many aspects of world politics and economy. Knowledge of China, Chinese language and Chinese culture is a powerful tool in today’s world. Chinese scholars study the language, literature, history and society of China in combination with another academic discipline, such as international relations, business management, chemical engineering, journalism and linguistics.
Students studying for a Chinese major at UM will be scientifically and systematically trained to attain strong language competence through language performance in class, on campus and study abroad. The program’s goal is to produce educated speaker of Chinese who can handle research, government work, business, or other professional endeavors and interact with Chinese people in a culturally appropriate way.
WHY IS THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI A GOOD PLACE TO STUDY CHINESE?
The Chinese Language Flagship program at UM has one of twelve Chinese Language Flagship Centers in the nation, sponsored by the National Security Education Program. Academically it is among the nation’s most advanced language education program providing students with an opportunity to achieve professional-level Chinese language proficiency while pursuing their academic major of choice. Financially, the program provides scholarship for on-campus intensive summer courses as well as summer study abroad in China. When students reach certain language level, the program provides a yearlong study at the prestigious Nanjing University in China. It is followed by a professional internship in China to maximize student’s language proficiency, cultural awareness and professional experience.
The UM Chinese program like the other language programs has rich resources supporting teaching and learning. The instructors are all professionally trained in teaching Chinese and have rich teaching experience. Top upper level flagship students serve as teacher assistants meeting freshman students weekly for conversation practice in Chinese. The Language Resource Center (LRC) provides online and electronic materials for the study of foreign languages. Electronic materials are available for all the languages in the Department of Modern Languages, including audio disks, Chinese movies CDs, and faculty made interactive listening project and PPT audio and visual previews for basic Chinese courses. UM course blackboard facilitates teaching and learning innovations and greatly increases language exposure to students taking language courses beyond classrooms. UM Chinese classrooms are multimedia equipped. Chinese current news, Internet media and Chinese culture directly reaches our classrooms in daily language instruction.
The Office of Study Abroad has established exchange relationships with many Chinese universities providing access to a wide range of study abroad programs.
WHAT CAN UM CHINESE MAJORS DO AFTER GRADUATION?
Students fulfill the curriculum of UM Chinese major have a variety of job opportunities and go to prestigious graduate schools, most of which regard strong foreign language ability as an invaluable estate for global professionals. Students finish the whole program will be certified as Flagship Certified Professional. There are specific examples of their career plans:
- A career in the U.S. government.
- A financial career with U.S. and Chinese banking system.
- Helping U.S. corporations establish direct links with Chinese corporations.
- Chinese linguistic proficiency in chemical engineering will play an important role in the growing Chinese market.
- Supply chain is about the complexity of human interaction and the science of synchronization that benefits from bilingual linguistic competence and cross-cultural awareness.
- China’s continuous development needs civil engineers for buildings and infrastructure, which are economical and sustainable.
- To provide tools for both Chinese and foreign legal professionals in China will need in-depth understanding of the Chinese legal profession, its laws, its practices, and customs and obstacles.
- To obtain a doctorate in East Asian Studies in the future.
- To work with Chinese musicians for the enrichment of both countries’ musical cultures.
Dr. Henrietta Yang, Co-Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677