Why Study Chinese?
China has the second largest economy in the world and is one of the largest trading partners with the United States. Having a command of the Chinese language gives you valuable skills for a global market.
China has one of the world's oldest cultures. It is one of the most populated nations on earth. Mandarin Chinese is spoken in many Asian countries, and is the mother tongue to many languages. Chinese civilization has a rich heritage of novels, stories, poems, drama, and, film. Being able to study these in the language in which they were written helps you connect with the Chinese culture more fully.
At Virginia Tech, you will study the Mandarin Chinese language, composition, literature, and culture. Courses include the Arts of China and Japan, and Governments and Politics of Asia.