Chinese language skills and cultural knowledge can lead to careers in many fields, most commonly in education, business, computer science and missions.

Students who have studied Chinese at Calvin are regularly accepted to teach English at universities or private academies in China through one of several organizations with which Calvin has a long-standing relationship, including ELI (English Language Institute). Through these programs, graduates may teach English in China for two years and simultaneously earn a Master’s in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).

To prepare for your career beyond Calvin, consider opportunities to study abroad during the semester, or spend your summer working in various parts of China.

Career paths to consider

These career paths reflect those taken by Calvin Chinese graduates in the past ten years:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • Intelligence work for the U.S. Government (CIA, NSA)
  • Interpreter
  • Linguistics
  • Mission-International NGO (e.g. World Vision)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Energy

Some more possible careers for a Chinese major

  • World Language teacher
  • Translator
  • Researcher
  • Foreign Service Worker (Peace Corps, VISTA, AmeriCorps, USAID)
  • Health Services Worker
  • Missionary
  • Employee at an International Business
  • College Professor
  • ESL Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Educational Administrator for Study Abroad Programs