China not only has a long history and rich culture among diverse regions and ethnic groups, its rapid economic rise from the early 1980s has also captured the world’s imagination. At the same time, China’s development has started to resonate throughout the globe. China Studies is for students who are interested in the language, culture, politics, history, economy and society of China. Because China Studies is a form of area studies, it uses several disciplines, like for example anthropology, cultural studies, social science or political science to look at China. Students can choose their own focus within the possibilities of the China track. Meanwhile, the extensive language program will help the students to reach a high proficiency level in order to be able to communicate with the world’s largest population, conduct research in China-related fields, or work for Chinese or other international companies. Both China Studies (track) and Chinese Studies (minor in Chinese Language and Culture) can be easily combined with other disciplines, as a background, an eye-opener, or an aid to set a specific research focus within the student’s own field.
The China Studies program offers:
- An insight into Chinese culture and society;
- A communicative curriculum in language teaching;
- Real experiences in China (through studying for one semester at a top Chinese university or/and participating in a field course in Shanghai);
- Flexible and tailor-made programs including:
- following 4 Chinese language and culture courses as a minor;
- following the English-taught content courses as a track (e.g. ‘Introduction to China’, ‘Field Course Shanghai’, one content course at a Chinese university or ‘Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture’ at UCU);
- completing all the courses in China Studies in order to continue with a China-related master program;
- following 1 Chinese language course to fulfill the foreign language (& culture) requirement;
- Support to interdisciplinary research or thesis writing.
Make sure to have a look at the course descriptions for China Studies related courses.