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The rise of China presents new economic, political and social
realities that demand greater U.S. engagement at every level. As the
foundation of that engagement, we urgently need to raise the number of
Americans who can demonstrate a functional proficiency in Chinese.
China’s tremendous economic growth creates new opportunities and
challenges for U.S. businesses. Between 1978 and 2002, China's annual
GDP growth reached 9.4%, three times the world's average, and in recent
years (2001-2004) China accounted for one third of global economic
China is an immense market for American goods and services, and a
vital supplier to American manufacturers and consumers. U.S. trade with
China exceeded $245 billion in 2004 (second only to trade with Canada
China’s political importance in the Asia-Pacific region is broadly
acknowledged and, particularly since 9/11, its help has been sought on
difficult issues like North Korea and terrorism. Collaboration with
China is increasingly deemed essential for solving a range of global
issues, from nuclear proliferation to the environment, from currency
exchange to trade laws.
As the most enduring world civilization, China has a major
international cultural presence, in literature and cuisine, in music and
film, dance and art, religion and philosophy, drawing on its tremendous
heritage to enrich our present.
An official language of the United Nations, Chinese is the most
widely spoken first language in the world, extending beyond the People’s
Republic of China and Taiwan to Indonesia , Thailand, Malaysia,
Singapore, Brunei, to the Philippines, and to Mongolia.
In the United States the Asian and Pacific Islander population is
projected to grow 213 percent, from 10.7 million to 33.4 million, in the
next 50 years, a substantial demographic shift. Their share of the
nation’s population will double, from 3.8 percent to 8 percent.
Above material courtesy of the Asia Society (2009).
Many of our students double major in International Studies, Environmental Studies, Geography, Peace Justice and Conflict Studies, Political Science or pursue a dual degree with a BA in Chinese Studies and a BSB in Finance or Accountancy. Many of our students also choose Chinese Studies as their primary major and may add minors such as International Communication, Global Asian Studies, Hospitality Leadership or Management.
Students who are interested in pursuing a double major, but who do not have enough open electives in which to complete a double major may wish to consider pursuing dual degrees, instead of a double major. The requirements for dual degrees are outlined online here. A double major = one degree with two majors and one diploma. Dual degrees = two degrees with two majors and two diplomas (e.g., Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in Finance PLUS Bachelor of Arts with a major in Chinese Studies). Students should discuss any interest in pursuing dual degrees with their advisors in both programs. Click here for an example of how students might be able to double count requirements and/or complete dual degrees.
The 100,000 Strong Foundation formally launched in 2013 by
then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help answer President Barack
Obama’s call to deepen Americans’ understanding of China through study
abroad. It is the 100,000 Strong Foundation’s mission to promote the
expansion and diversification of Americans studying Mandarin and
studying abroad in China. The goal is to bridge the gap between
cultures, strengthen the bilateral economic and strategic relationship,
and enhance global stability.