Chinese Language Opportunities

At Truman, you can pursue your interest in China and the Chinese language through a variety of programs, courses, and extracurricular activities. Classified as a critical language by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world.

Academic Opportunities

  • Interdisciplinary Major: At Truman, you have the flexibility to design your own major, like including an interdisciplinary Chinese Studies major, so you can pursue the courses that interest you.
  • Chinese Minor:  Add a Chinese minor to any major and develop your Chinese language skills while you explore Chinese culture, history, and traditions.
  • Asian and Asian American Studies Minor:If you are intrigued by the arts, sciences, languages, religions and cultures of East Asia, this minor pairs well with any major.
  • Study Abroad: Truman offers a faculty-led study-abroad trip to China during the summer that provides an amazing opportunity for you to enhance your language skills and experience Chinese culture first hand. Semester- and year-long exchange programs are also available through Truman’s Center for International Education Abroad.
  • Taiwan Connect Program:  Earn credit for Service Learning by teaching English to Taiwanese elementary students through Skype at Truman’s Language Learning Center.

Student Activities

  • Society for Sino-American Studies (SSAS): You can get involved with this student organization which explores Chinese culture through social and educational activities.  The Moon Festival celebration and Chinese New Year Gala are popular events on Truman’s campus.
  • Weekly Language and Culture Table: Enjoy coffee or dinner and converse with native Chinese speakers.

Study Abroad

  • Summer Study: Participate in Truman’s faculty-led program with four weeks of study at Shanghai University and one week of travel in Beijing, Xian, and other cities.
  • Student Exchange: Spend a semester or a year studying language and culture at Shanghai University.
  • Art Internship: Take advantage of a summer internship opportunity in Shanghai for Art Majors.
  • EFL Internship: Spend a semester teaching English as a foreign language to elementary and middle-school students in China.
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