Discover the beauty of the Chinese language and the riches of its cultural heritage. Proficiency in the Mandarin language is an invaluable skill for many careers—business, international affairs, missions and development, to name a few. Learning Mandarin will help you communicate and collaborate with a substantial portion of the world’s population. You will also be prepared to better understand and respond to the economic and political realities of China, a country that continues to rise in prominence on the world stage.
An understanding of how language works is invaluable for the study of any language, including Mandarin. At Gordon, you can take your Mandarin studies to a deeper level by adding linguistics courses and spending a semester at Peking University’s China Studies Institute. Here, you won’t be too far away from multiple venues where you can bring your Mandarin studies to life—you might take the weekend to visit Chinatown in Boston, or familiarize yourself with Chinese cuisine by going shopping at the Chinese market in Malden.
Your proficiency in the Mandarin language will prove beneficial for a wide variety of careers, including the following:
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Join the Chinese club, which periodically meets for cultural discussions, film viewings, and conversations over lunch. Explore Chinese-themed exhibits at the nearby Peabody Essex Museum in Salem or the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, or attend a Chinese church in the local area.
As part of the Mandarin minor, you will immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture through a semester-long study abroad at Peking University’s China Studies Institute.
You can combine the Mandarin minor with any of Gordon’s academic programs. Common pairings include business administration, international affairs, economics, linguistics, political science and Christian ministries.