Texas Tech University

Chinese Language & Area Studies

 
 
 
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Why Study Chinese?

With over one billion speakers worldwide, Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world, the second most popular language on the internet, and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. China's economy is booming, and it is no surprise the U.S. government defines Chinese as a critical language to know. The demand to know Chinese will certainly increase as trade and business with China continue to expand internationally. Knowing Chinese not only makes you stand out in the job market, but as you learn you'll delve into an amazing culture, rich in history and philosophy. You'll notice it isn't as difficult as you think; there's no conjugation, no gender, no inflection, and no case in Chinese grammar. Chinese characters and calligraphy are based on pictographs, and are very artistic and attractive to learn. What makes learning Chinese at Texas Tech so powerful is the program's emphasis on culture; to really understand the people. In your future career, the Chinese people you'll meet (which is almost 20% of the world population) will definitely appreciate your effort to learn and speak their language. Your language learning journey will be well worth it.

The Chinese Program at Texas Tech

The Chinese Language and Area Studies program offers Chinese language courses from beginning through advanced. Students can major or minor in Chinese. In addition to Chinese language courses, students may take courses in Chinese linguistics, business Chinese, classical Chinese, translation, Chinese cinema, culture and literature. This program intends to prepare students for various types of professions that require a knowledge of Chinese and to motivate students for further study. Students also have opportunities to study abroad in China.