As an intern for the Indiana House Democratic Caucus, Inna Cuntapay grew motivated to champion greater Asian American involvement in all facets of U.S. government.
With Chinese noted among the fastest growing skills in cloud computing and ecommerce according to a recent Indeed report, studying Chinese opens the door to career opportunity. The Chinese Studies major offers academically rigorous courses in Chinese language, history, literature, culture, religion and film. Students acquire the general literacy and appreciation of the richness and variety of traditional and modern Chinese studies and the fundamentals of a sought after multicultural education.
Upon completion of the program, students majoring in Chinese Studies may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Possible careers include:
- Emerging Opportunities in the Tech Industry
- Government/NGO/Non-profit Employment
- Business/Management Position
- Program Manager in Government Agencies focusing on Asia/China
- English Teacher in China
- Foreign Language Teacher
- Graduate or Professional School
All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.
Chinese Studies majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:
- A global/cultural awareness of the social and political relationships that shape the world.
- Understanding of different cultures and countries.
- Ability to work well with diverse groups of people.
- Aptitude at translating messages simultaneously into specified languages, maintaining message, content, context, and style as much as possible.
- Experience reading written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewriting material into specified languages.
- Ability to plan, execute, and disseminate research findings from different vantage points.
Cultural Studies majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to: