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Chinese and East Asian Studies

Chinese and East Asian Studies

Program Description

Prepare for a career in the rapidly globalizing world. The ability to work with people from other cultures is becoming ever more important, and speaking a foreign language will give you a head start in almost any field. You’ll be ready for a career in international business, law, journalism, government, the military and more.

As part of AUM’s World Languages and Cultures program, the Chinese and East Asian Studies concentration focuses on Chinese, Japanese and Korean culture and languages. This concentration enables the student to develop the five skills of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural competency in Chinese and East Asian languages. Students benefit from a wide array of study-abroad opportunities.

This area of study includes a culture track and a trade track. In the culture track, the student takes more internationally-related course work in the humanities and political science. In the trade track, the student takes courses in international economics and business.

Points of Pride

  • Study Abroad Programs in Korea and Japan, at major universities, and Study Abroad opportunities in other languages.
  • Unlike other language programs, AUM’s program goes far beyond literary studies to embrace the society and culture of other countries.
  • Upper-level courses usually have fewer than 12 students per class, so students get plenty of opportunity to practice their skills.

Put Your Degree to Work

Careers for graduates with Chinese language skills:

  • Chinese language instructor
  • English instructor to Chinese speakers
  • CIA employee
  • Military and security careers
  • Research analyst
  • Translator or interpreter
  • Global marketing specialist
  • International marketing specialist
  • Translator/interpreter
  • Foreign consultant/analyst
  • Financial advisor for Asian markets

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries nationally.

Interpreters work in settings such as schools, hospitals, courtrooms, meeting rooms, and conference centers. Some work for translation and interpretation companies, individual organizations, or private clients. Many translators also work remotely. Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Globalization and large increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States will drive employment growth. The median annual wage for interpreters and translators was $49,930 in May 2018.

For More Information

Department of History and World Languages & Cultures 
​Auburn University at Montgomery
Liberal Arts 348
334-244-3221
khollow4@aum.edu

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Chinese and East Asian Studies concentration within the World Languages and Cultures program  includes:

Course # Course Name Course Description
GEOG 3950 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Geographic Information Systems history and theory, spatial concepts, research design, computer cartography, data collection and entry, information, storage, relational database design, digitizing, raster/vector operations, GPS and GIS, remote sensing analysis, overlay operations, spatial statistics and predictive modeling, spatial queries, and GIS output.
INTL 3000 Introduction to International Studies (WI) An interdisciplinary course that focuses on cultural differences that influence attitudes, assumptions and behavior, especially as they affect intercultural communications. (Same as COMM 3000). Prerequisite ENGL 1020.
INTL 4400 Special Topics in INTL (writing intensive) Period or topic courses in International Studies, the exact emphasis announced at each course offering. May be repeated as emphasis changes.
CHIN 1010 Elementary Chinese I/Lab Basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in Mandarin Chinese. Along with CHIN 1020, this course will fulfill the School of Liberal Arts foreign language requirement. Multimedia computer lab required.
CHIN 1020 Elementary Chinese II/Lab Basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in Mandarin Chines. This course will fulfill the School of Liberal Arts language requirement. Multimedia computer lab required.
CHIN 2010 Intermediate Chinese I/Lab Basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in Mandarin Chines. This course will fulfill the School of Liberal Arts language requirement. Multimedia computer lab required.
CHIN 2020 Intermediate Chinese II/Lab Continuing development of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural proficiencies in Mandarin Chinese. Prerequisite CHIN 1020.
Four Chinese studies (CHIN) courses at 3000 or 4000 level
Approved upper level courses in anthropology, economics, film studies, geography, history, international business, literature, political science, theatre, and visual arts

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Address

7400 East Drive Montgomery, AL 36117

Office Hours

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

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334-244-3000

Fax

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E-mail

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