Chinese Language & Literature

Please visit the Department of East Asian Languages Literatures & Cultures for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.

Field of Study: The study of the history, sociology, politics, culture, and economics of East Asia, with a concentration on a language/area.

Post-Graduate Occupations of past Chinese Language & Literature Majors 

  • Foreign Advisers
  • English Teachers
  • Global Sales Managers
  • Veterinarians
  • Stock Directors
  • Academic Deans 

Professional Associations

Build Your Resume

Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers.  Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:

  • Keep your language skills sharp. Aim for fluency, if possible.
    • Study abroad in China to enhance your language skills and gain international/intercultural competency.
    • Seek out opportunities to practice with other students or by consuming foreign media.
  • Volunteer your language skills to local community organizations or schools that work with people who speak Chinese.
  • Participate in relevant summer programs and/or internships.
    • If possible, gain international work or internship experience.
  • Consider choosing an additional major or minor (such as business, education, or journalism) to supplement your foreign language skills.
  • Join relevant student and professional organizations. Take on leadership roles.

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