The University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute draws from many resources on and off campus to bring Chinese language and culture to students, faculty and members of the community.
Our UMass Boston Partners include:
- Department of Modern Languages, College of Liberal Arts
- Asian Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts
- College of Education and Human Development, Institute for International & Comparative Education
Our Educational Partners in Beijing:
UMass Boston offers elementary, intermediate, and advanced Mandarin and students can minor in Chinese. This rapidly expanding program in Chinese language includes courses in Chinese literature, film and culture.
UMass Boston offers an East Asia track in an Asian Studies major. Besides taking courses in Chinese, Japanese, or the Vietnamese language, students majoring in this field study the East Asian Region (China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam) from the perspective of a number of different academic disciplines: art, literature, film, religion, philosophy, history, and political science. Courses cover topics of current interest such as Asian religions and philosophies like Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
Contact Terry Kawashima, director of Asian Studies and associate professor of Modern Languages and Asian Studies, Terry.Kawashima@umb.edu.
A sample of current courses related to China
•“Emerging Economies of Asia” with Arjun Jayadev, assistant professor of economics
•“Introduction to Chinese Music” with Panos Liaropoulos, a lecturer in performing arts
•“Ancient Chinese Civilization: Origins and Development” and “China’s Revolutionary Transformation” with visiting lecturer Shelley Drake Hawks
•“Green Energy Initiatives,” a regular Asian Studies course with Jennifer Clifford, a lecturer in economics
UMass Boston has exchange agreements with Renmin University in Beijing. UMass Boston’s Office of International and Transnational Affairs (OITA) offers many other opportunities for students to participate in international and trans-cultural education through study abroad and exchange programs.
The China Program Center at UMass Boston advances scholarly and business collaborations between China and America through innovative programs including practical training, trade missions, government exchanges, and joint academic ventures.