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Chinese Studies Program

Professional Opportunities

  • Entrepreneur
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • International Engineering
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Teaching/Academia
  • Government (U.S. or Foreign)

Chinese Studies grew out of The University of Tulsa’s recognition of the urgency for cross-cultural dialogue within an increasingly global community. Spanning language, literature, philosophy, political science, history, economics, business, anthropology, media and translation studies, this interdisciplinary major can be taken as a second major or minor in combination with other disciplines such as geoscience, engineering, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science, psychology and film studies.

The program’s mission is to equip students with uniquely integrated skills to pursue international careers and lead future intellectual exchange.

Program Objectives

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in Chinese language, literature, philosophy, and media that aid in effective cross-cultural communication;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in additional disciplines (anthropology, economics, history, international business, political science, translation studies, etc.) that deepen cross-cultural comprehension;
  3. Demonstrate competence and creativity in integrating varied disciplines to explore current issues; demonstrate critical thinking, initiative, and resourcefulness in leading future intellectual exchange.

Innovative Teaching

Studying Chinese classics proves to be more effective in upper level language than artificially simplified passages in textbooks. Exploration of original excerpts that exemplify linguistic complexity and cultural authenticity enables students to appreciate the beauty of Chinese and enhance their understanding of China.

Transcultural Movement

Intensive, guided interaction between native and non-native speakers yields thorough and rapid mutual improvement in competent speaking, responsive listening, critical thinking and powerful writing.

Interdisciplinary Approach

The distinct educational backgrounds of the faculty characterize their teaching and research as they encourage students to pursue a versatile education. By pairing Chinese Studies with other academic interests, the program becomes more integrative and holistic.

Global Engagement

Coordinating with the Center for Global Education, the faculty evaluates study abroad opportunities in diverse Chinese-speaking areas and advises students on a case-by-case basis. They are expanding productive collaboration at the departmental, college and university levels with partners worldwide.

Chinese Studies, B.A.

An interdisciplinary program drawing from the disciplines of political science, history, literature and language, business, and economics to prepare students for a variety of professional careers and academic programs related to China.