Mandarin Chinese, which is spoken by nearly one-fifth of the world's population and has more native speakers than any other language, not only represents a rich cultural heritage but is ranked the most useful business language after English, according to a Bloomberg survey. China, which boasts the world's second largest economy, is poised to assume an even greater role in world leadership in coming years, making knowledge of its language and culture a valuable asset. As one of the world's oldest civilizations, China and its language offer a vast range of possibilities for research.
An update from Brett Price ’15, who majored in Spanish with a minor in East Asian Studies (Chinese and Japanese) in Illinois State’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Price now works as a flight attendant.