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2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog 
2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chinese Studies

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Director: Stephen C. Thomas
Faculty Advisors:
Ji Chen, Lawrence Street Center, 390K, 303-556-6611
Stephen C. Thomas, King Center, 520, 303-556-5259
Office: Political Science, King Center 520
Telephone: 303-556-5259
Web site:

This innovative program offers specialized study of China through course work in the related disciplines of language, anthropology, history, geography, literature and political science. China’s economic and political presence is increasingly prominent in the United States. According to a recent national survey, Chinese is the fastest-growing foreign language in American colleges and universities. UC Denver is uniquely positioned to make use of its location as the cultural, economic and political center of the Rocky Mountain region and of its diverse, well-trained and highly qualified faculty to offer a course of interdisciplinary studies related to China.

The increasing prominence of China in world affairs has made knowledge of Chinese language and cultures a valuable asset in numerous fields. Today, career opportunities abound for Chinese studies graduates in government, international business, banking and financial services, law, medicine, journalism and graduate study in sinology. The breadth of the program’s course offerings, coupled with the resources of the faculty, ensures that its graduates will be especially well prepared for any of these professional pursuits.

The program in Chinese studies offers a host of study abroad opportunities throughout the academic year and every summer. UC Denver has on-going programs in Beijing and Taipei, as well as an association with Yunnan University in Kunming. Study abroad programs of five weeks to one year in length may be arranged, and program faculty can help students enroll in intensive Chinese language programs in Taiwan or on the mainland. Students pursuing the minor in Chinese language and area studies are encouraged to complete the program with a period of residence and study in China.




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