Chinese language study at Agnes Scott enables students to understand and speak the language, learn the history, social practices and values of Chinese culture. An understanding of the history, culture and language of China will increase your career opportunities as well as your knowledge of the country. Studying Chinese is also one of the ways to complete the Asian Studies minor.

What will I study?
The study of Chinese at Agnes Scott takes many forms, from in-class speaking to lessons on the history and culture of China. The Chinese faculty at Agnes Scott encourage students to practice speaking in the classroom, as well as to explore the culture through the use of videos, literature, magazines, newspapers and Web sites. Students can take advanced courses in Chinese language and literature through cross-registration as part of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education.

Why should I study Chinese at Agnes Scott?

  • International Education Opportunities
    As part of the Global Awareness program, Agnes Scott faculty led a group of 20 students to China in 2009. In the summer of 2007, a group of nine Agnes Scott faculty members participated in a Faculty Development Seminar in China. They visited more than five Chinese cities, exchanged ideas with scholars of different disciplines in China and built strong connections with several Chinese universities. In the summer of 2007, two students received Agnes Scott College’s Asia Abroad Summer Scholarship to study in China. Through study abroad in China, students immerse themselves in Chinese language, enrich their knowledge of Chinese culture and history and broaden their learning experience. In addition to study abroad, students can choose to conduct independent research projects with faculty who specialize in China.
  • Campus Involvement
    Many students in the Chinese program are members of the Asian Cultural Awareness Student Association (ACASA). Students who study Chinese have the opportunity to practice their Chinese in the weekly Chinese table, and engage in campus celebrations of Chinese holidays such as the Chinese New Year, Moon Festival and the Dragon Boat competition. As part of their learning experience, Agnes Scott faculty members lead field trips to local Chinese shops and restaurants for students to understand the social and cultural fabrics of Chinese in America.

What can I do with knowledge in Chinese?
You will develop reading and listening skills, as well as conversational fluency in writing and speaking. As a graduate, you can:

  • Work in international business
  • Live or study abroad
  • Broaden your cultural awareness
  • Participate in programs designed for college graduates to teach English in China