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2022 Chinese Language & Literature Degree Guide

An Increase in Chinese Language & Literature Degrees

#492 Most Popular Major
731 Degrees Awarded
2.5% Increase in Graduates

Chinese Language & Literature was the 492nd most popular major in the 2019-2020 school year. Colleges in the United States reported awarding 731 degrees in this year alone. This represents a 2.5% increase in Chinese language degrees awarded over the prior year's total of 713.

The United States has 119 different schools where you can get a degree in Chinese language and literature. This year's Best Chinese Language & Literature Schools ranking compares 64 of them to identify the best overall programs in the country. Continue reading to check out one of our many unbiased rankings of Chinese language programs later in this article.

Chinese Language & Literature Degree Requirements

Chinese Language & Literature majors are found most commonly in careers in which talking to others to convey information effectively is important. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times and understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents are all required skills for careers related to this major.

Chinese Language Degree Program Entry Requirements

New students will need to have completed high school or a GED program and each school will have their own minimum GPA and SAT/ACT test requirements. Specific Chinese language careers may require a certain level of degree attainment or additional certifications beyond that.

Chinese Language & Literature Degree Types

There are many different Chinese language degree levels. You can spend many years getting as high as a in Chinese language and literature to something that takes less time like a . Different Chinese language and literature degrees vary in how long they take.

Degree Credit Requirements Typical Program Length
Associate Degree 60-70 credits 2 years
Bachelor’s Degree 120 credits 4 years
Master’s Degree 50-70 credits 1-3 years
Doctorate Program required coursework including thesis or dissertation At least 4 years

A doctor's degree is the most common level of education achieved by those in careers related to Chinese language, with approximately 36.7% of workers getting one. People currently working in careers related to Chinese language tend obtained the following education levels.

Level of Education Percentage of Workers
Doctoral Degree 37.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 30.1%
Master’s Degree 21.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate 4.3%

About 62.8% of workers in careers related to Chinese language obtain at least master's degrees. The chart below shows what degree level those who work in Chinese language and literature have obtained.


The education level required is different depending on the Chinese language career you are seeking.

Career Opportunities for Chinese Language Majors

Below Average Number of Jobs
67.2k Avg. Related Jobs Salary
16% Growth Job Outlook 2016-26

High Growth Projected for Chinese Language Careers

Want a job when you graduate with your Chinese language degree? Chinese Language & Literature careers are expected to grow 15.7% between 2016 and 2026.

The following options are some of the most in-demand careers related to Chinese language and literature.

Occupation Name Projected Jobs Expected Growth
Interpreters and Translators 80,300 17.7%
Foreign Language and Literature Professors 39,100 11.7%

How Much Money Do People With a Chinese Language Degree Make?

As you might expect, salaries for Chinese language graduates vary depending on the level of education that was acquired.

High Paying Careers for Chinese Language Majors

Salaries for Chinese language and literature graduates can vary widely by the occupation you choose as well. The following table shows the top highest paying careers Chinese language grads often go into.

Occupation Name Median Average Salary
Foreign Language and Literature Professors $79,160
Interpreters and Translators $55,230

Getting Your Chinese Language & Literature Degree

With over 217 different Chinese language degree programs to choose from, finding the best fit for you can be a challenge. Fortunately you have come to the right place. We have analyzed all of these schools to come up with hundreds of unbiased Chinese language school rankings to help you with this.

Study Areas in Chinese Language & Literature

Chinese Language & Literature is one of 4 different types of East Asian Languages programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Japanese Language & Literature 1,001
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 306
Other East Asian Languages 111
Korean Language & Literature 70

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