What can I do with a major in Chinese Language and Literature?
UGA Specific Information for Chinese Language and Literature
Want to learn a language spoken by more people than speak English and Spanish combined? Want to communicate with people in one of the world’s largest economies? The Chinese Program in the Department of Comparative Literature offers both a major and a minor in Chinese Language and Literature. Study of Chinese gives you access to a culture and history shared by nearly a fifth of the world’s population and to one of the longest continuous literary traditions. Study-abroad in Asia is encouraged. Courses include introductory and intermediate language, literary Chinese, and courses in Chinese and Asian literature and culture. The program pays equal attention to the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Graduates should be able to read diverse Chinese texts with little external help except from dictionaries, and should also be able to express ideas about complex social and literary issues orally and in writing in grammatical Chinese.
The Chinese Language and Literature program is a branch of the language arts. Opportunities for graduates include graduate study, education, Foreign Service, and international business. Students majoring in Chinese Language and Literature study one of the major languages of the industrial world and prepare in literature, language, culture, and linguistics for professions in international business, banking, trade, travel, and other professions in the public and private sector. However, the development of language proficiency and an understanding of Chinese culture will make a student majoring in Chinese Language and Literature an asset to organizations around the world.
UGA Chinese Language and Literature Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** Includes Self-Employed
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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
General Information and Strategies
- Choose an additional academic area of study to supplement the foreign language, preferably one that requires a high degree of technical skill. Most people with foreign language ability use those skills to assist them in a different career field such as business, education, journalism, law, etc.
- Related courses to study include geography, history, civilization, foreign relations, international law, and world economics.
- Plan to attend a private language institute to learn additional languages and cultures.
- Utilize a number of learning methods to develop language fluency. Combine listen and repeat drills, textbooks, audio lessons, and learning apps.
- Travel to a foreign country or study abroad in international exchange programs to develop your language skills and international/intercultural competency.
- Study and practice your foreign language skills by reading foreign newspapers, magazines, and books.
- Seek opportunities to interact with international students on your campus or members of your local community. Host international students, join relevant student organizations, and participate in international campus events.
- Watch foreign movies and listen to foreign broadcasts to maintain your fluency.
- Volunteer your language skills to churches, community organizations, and programs that work with people who speak your target language.
- Correspond with someone from a foreign country.
- Contact professional associations and read their publications to learn about job opportunities.
- Research job postings on the Internet to get an idea of jobs in which knowledge of a foreign language is useful.
- Participate in summer programs, co-ops, and internships to improve your skills.
- Network with others in the field to learn about job opportunities.
- In general, international positions are competitive and difficult to obtain. Be very proactive in developing the skills and experiences international employers seek.
- Get your foot in the door in domestic positions because many international employers promote current employees into international positions.
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Additional Career Research Resources
- GoinGlobal - International (to access, login with your DAWGlink account)
- Idealist - Nonprofit
- USAJOBS - Federal
- Bilingual Jobs
- Center for International Trade and Security (CITS)
- CIA Foreign Language Positions
- FBI Foreign Language Careers
- Top Language Jobs
- U.S. Department of State - Careers Representing America
- United Nations Careers
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
- American Translators Association
- Association for Asian Studies
- International Association for Language Learning Technology
- International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
- Modern Language Association