China’s rise in power presents new economic, political, and social realities that demand our engagement with Asia’s most populous country. To be part of the global conversation, you want a foundation in China’s culture and language.
As a Chinese major at Bryant, you will develop advanced Chinese-language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and a full understanding of Chinese culture through a wide range of authentic texts and meaningful communication and interaction. The concentration prepares you to travel, work, and study in contexts that require knowledge and practice of Chinese language and culture. The minor provides you with an advanced level of language proficiency in Standard Mandarin, and a solid foundation for the development of cultural understanding and communicative competence.
At Bryant, you will find unique opportunities to be involved with China, a country that plays a major role in world affairs. Bryant’s U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute, for example, forge academic, business, and cultural partnerships between Bryant and higher learning institutions, business enterprises, and governmental offices in China.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
In addition to having completed Chinese language and culture courses, you will benefit from taking general liberal arts and critical-thinking courses and completing a business minor. With a background in Chinese, career opportunities include a broad range of professional fields. Our graduates are also accepted into prestigious graduate programs and law schools.
The faculty members who teach Chinese are dedicated educators and researchers in second-language acquisition, applied linguistics, heritage language learning, and teacher education. They make outstanding contributions in student services, research, and academic publications.
PVD to SHA – dream fulfilled
Adam Francis ‘03
Regional Vice President of Greater China, Chartis International – the largest subsidiary of American International Group Inc.
“Don’t do anything before [AIG] gets a chance to talk to you,” Kristian Moor ’81, vice president of Chartis, recalls he told Adam Francis ’03. Their fortuitous meeting took place when Francis gave a group of AIG executives a tour of the Bryant campus, and impressed his future employers with his grasp of Mandarin, which he had refined during a semester abroad in China. Although Francis already had several job prospects, Moor won him over. “We’re going to change your career,” he promised. Francis, now living in Shanghai, has realized his dream, overseeing divisions focused on the distribution of consumer insurance products in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China.
Success on the world stage
Jason Fortin '12
Management consultant, Deloitte (Boston)
During his internship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beijing, China, Fortin wrote policy briefs and conducted research for the center's director, tackling weighty topics from nuclear activity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the current think tank scene in Mongolia, Singapore, and South Korea.
"I place an extremely high value on my Bryant education," says Fortin, who also interned at the Brookings Institution, a renowned think tank in Washington D.C. and complemented his internship by taking classes at Georgetown University. "It has opened countless doors and provided unparalleled opportunities for me academically, personally, and professionally."
Turning internship into job offer
Margaret Wong ‘14
Path: International Business (Accounting, Global Supply Chain Management), Chinese
“I’ve learned how to problem solve. I’ve learned how to think on my toes,” says Margaret Wong ’14. In summer 2013, she interned in Houston, TX, with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the largest of the Big Four accounting firms. Wong spent the previous summer in Shanghai, China, where she worked as a supply chain intern for manufacturing company Kohler. One of the main advantages of working at PwC this summer is the possibility of a job offer, not to mention a company paid trip to Disney World. “The treat interns very well…and having a job lined up throughout senior year [is] very important,” says Wong.