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East Asian Studies: Chinese Language Intensive Emphasis

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East Asian Studies: Chinese Language Intensive Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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The program provides instruction in the languages, cultures, and civilizations of China; Asian humanities and religions; and Asian-American studies. Individual programs may emphasize the language, linguistics, literature, history, thought, religion, and society (ancient or modern) of one or more cultural areas. Students may specialize in China or in discipline-focused studies of East Asian subjects. Advanced study of Chinese is required.

Major Details

College: College of Humanities
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL (English) 101-First Year Composition 3
CHN (Chinese) 101 5
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL (English) 102-First Year Composition 3
CHN (Chinese) 102 5
Math 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CHN (Chinese) 201 5
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
CHN (Chinese) 202 5
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Additional Major Course 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
CHN 403 Third Year Chinese I 3
Additional Major Course 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
CHN 404 Third Year Chinese II 3
Additional Major Course 3
Additional Major Course 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
CHN 422 Intro to Classical Chinese 3
Additional Major Course 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
8th Semester
EAS 498 Senior Capstone 1
Additional Major Course 3
Additional Major Course 3
Additional Major Course 3
Minor 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The East Asian Studies major in the China concentration combines coursework in Chinese history, literature, culture, and foreign relations with advanced study of Chinese language (Mandarin) to create a strong knowledge base for careers and further study. Graduates may apply their cultural and linguistic skills to a wide variety of fields including education, business, politics, journalism, cultural promotion and preservation, and social services. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in East Asian studies, law, public policy, business administration, or linguistics.

Potential Career Areas

  • Education
  • International business
  • Politics
  • Cultural/historical preservation
  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Research
  • Outreach

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • News agencies
  • Businesses
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Museums
  • Cultural centers

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
International Educator $35,000 - $60,000
Import/Export Specialist $19,000 - $50,000
Foreign Correspondent $28,162 - $43,292
Public Affairs Director, Nonprofit $35,000 - $75,000
Dialect Coach $30,000 - $50,000
Museum Teacher $18,000 - $45,790
Foreign Student Adviser $35,000 - $60,000
Interpreter $34,000 - $45,500
Translator $37,500 - $47,500
Foreign Language Teacher $40,500 - $54,000
Intelligence Officer $33,979 - $60,274
Purchasing Agent $35,000 - $56,600