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Chinese is critical to a wide range of professions and interests, and your courses aim to prepare you for any opportunity. Examining the region’s changing identity and China’s literature and culture will be part of your coursework. You may decide to study in Beijing with the rigorous Associated Colleges in China program.

About the Major

Chinese is part of Hamilton's East Asian Languages and Literatures Department. The Chinese language will be at the heart of all four years of your study: The language is key to understanding China’s heritage, culture and current affairs. Within the framework of a liberal arts education, the curriculum is designed to meet the urgent need for China specialists who are competent in the language and who are able to study China through original materials.

As someone who has really appreciated her time at Hamilton and was able to begin senior year with a job offer already, I owe a lot of my success to the Chinese program. Not only has learning Chinese helped me be a competitive candidate in a global job market, but it also helped me develop lifelong skills such as the ability to adapt to new situations and effective interpersonal communication.

Lisa Yang — Chinese and economics major

The rapid growth of the Pacific Rim as an economic and technological giant in world affairs has spurred a parallel interest in the region's languages and people. Chinese has become one of the most widely taught foreign languages in the United States, essential for politics, diplomacy, business, education and cutting-edge technology.

Careers After Hamilton

  • 5th Grade Science Teacher, Teach for America
  • Equity Trader, Goldman Sachs
  • Educator, Museum of Chinese in the Americas
  • Owner, Council on International Educational Exchange
  • Research Technician, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Television Reporter and Producer, Thomson Reuters (Beijing)
  • Marketing Specialist, GCIS China Strategic Research
  • VP Global Education Initiatives, The National Center for Sustainable Development

Contact Information

Chinese Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4972 mkamiya@hamilton.edu

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