• Mandarin is currently spoken by nearly one-fifth of the world’s population. Mandarin speakers can be found in Mainland China, Taiwan, and diasporic Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia, North and South America, and Europe. Since China is of one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Chinese is also an “official” UN language (along with English, French, Spanish, and German).

Cultural Knowledge

  • Learning Chinese opens up a unique window into one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. As soon as you begin studying the Chinese language, you begin learning about Chinese history, cultural values, philosophical and religious beliefs, and aesthetic traditions. And the more proficient you become, the more you will be able to appreciate and understand China’s past and present.
  • Try this website to learn about China’s culture and history: China’s Cultural Legacies.

Career Opportunities

  • The People’s Republic of China currently boasts the fastest growing economy in the world and is widely expected to become a major geopolitical force in the new millennium. Graduates with proficiency in Mandarin will be well positioned for jobs in government, international relations, finance, tourism, translation, teaching and much, much more.
  • Try this website to learn about business opportunities in China: Chinese Export Database.

Other Reasons

  • Chinese civilization of 6,000 years is one of the oldest and richest in the world.
  • Chinese is the language spoken by the largest population in the world.
  • Chinese is one of the few languages which remain pictographic. Chinese calligraphy is a form of art.
  • Chinese is named one of the four “crucial languages” for Americans.
  • With the largest population and the fastest growing economy, China has among the greatest potential as a market for U.S. goods.
  • Taking Chinese not only satisfies a language requirement in the JCU Core Curriculum, but it could be the greatest asset to anyone’s career background.

Learning Chinese is not as hard as you think!

Americans and Chinese have many cultural ties!

  • Culturally, politically, and geographically, China serves as a link to other East Asian nations.
  • China sees the U.S. as an emerging and very important political partner. For that reason, it promotes strong transpacific communication by sponsoring study exchanges and research visits for Americans each year in many cities.
  • In this era of post-Communist rule, China is attempting to restructure itself politically, economically, and culturally.
  • The U.S. is actively promoting a healthy relationship with China, both politically and academically.

The University Core Curriculum and Foreign Language:

  • Knowledge of at least one foreign language is a required part of the integrative core curriculum at John Carroll. Why not choose Chinese? (For further information on the core, please see the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.)

Chinese and Your Career

  • Chinese is important for art history, business, diplomacy, engineering, humanities, law, philosophy, political science, technology (including computer science), and religious studies majors, as well as for students intending to pursue a graduate degree in one of the natural sciences.
  • A knowledge of Chinese is can be extremely useful for future scientists and engineers.
  • Are you considering majoring in business? Chinese is an excellent choice for business majors wishing to tap into the as-of-yet unsaturated markets in many Asian countries.
  • There are many marketing and other business exchange opportunities in China and other Asian countries. Many businesses are eager to engage in import/export with the U.S.

Examples of Interdisciplinary Studies for Students of Chinese