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Chinese Studies: Languages, Literatures and Cultures, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Enroll in the only collegiate program to offer a Chinese studies degree in South Carolina. Learn Mandarin and study the cultures of China and the Chinese diaspora to prepare for a career in an increasingly interconnected world.

Students who choose a major in Chinese studies recognize China's ever-expanding role in global affairs. You'll explore the history and culture of one of the world's oldest, largest and most highly developed civilizations. With more than a billion people who speak Chinese worldwide, proficiency in the Mandarin language is an asset in many future careers, such as international business.

Program Highlights

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    Global Studies

    Take advanced courses in Mandarin, and study or work abroad in one of the many countries where the language is spoken.

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    Design Your Program

    Make the degree your own with courses on language, society, politics, literature and film.

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    Marketable Skills

    Prepare for a range of professions where Chinese language and cultural studies are valuable assets.

What You’ll Study

Courses are designed to help you learn to communicate in Mandarin while deepening your appreciation of the history and traditions of Chinese culture. Study the social and historical aspects of culture, literature, politics and religion under our distinguished faculty. Understand China’s impact on the global economy.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Foreign Language Skills

    Communicating effectively to understand different cultures and foster global connections


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Handling sensitive or delicate situations with tact, sensitivity and professionalism

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

    Understand Complexity

    Analyzing and synthesizing information to identify patterns and connections

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Entrepreneur
  • Translator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Writer/Editor

Workplace Settings

  • International Business
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Nonprofits and NGOs

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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