"One of the things that was so appealing to me about Pacific is how easy it was to double (or in my case triple) major with a language and something else. Studying abroad was extremely easy to arrange and getting classes taken abroad to count for a foreign language major at Pacific was really easy too. Also, since Pacific wasn't a huge school, I knew all of my professors. In my French class one semester, there were only ten of us, so everyone had a chance to participate and know the professor. My experience at Pacific was great!"
International Relations and Global Studies, Spanish, and French.
Family and Adult Ministries Program Administrator at Mount Hermon Association, Inc.
"In addition to my personal interest, I found many benefits in majoring in Asian Language and Studies with a Chinese concentration. With China's economic boom, individuals who know the Chinese language will have an advantage in the near future. Another factor that lured me into majoring in Chinese was the relationships I had with professors at the Modern Languages and Literature Department. I found them to be frank, straightforward and humorous - traits I appreciate and had no problems reciprocating."
Psychology and Asian Language & Studies (Chinese concentration)
Accounting and Finance Consultant, KongBasileConsulting LLC
Jennifer Fredette is a graduate student in the Political Science Ph.D. program at the University of Washington. A recipient of the Department of Education's Foreign Language Area Studies Scholarship for French, Jennifer conducted part of her language and area studies coursework in Paris in 2006. Her MA thesis was about the hijab in France, its relationship to citizenship and identity. Jennifer misses the Stockton heat, but still considers the Washington kayaking to be worth the move.
Michelle-Elizabeth Valle (2003) obtained her Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies with a certificate in Chinese Studies from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2006 (Thesis title: Advancing the Female Condition While Crippling the Institution of Marriage: A Look at Divorce in China). She has presented and participated in several conferences including the East-West Center Graduate Student Conference and the School for Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies Graduate Student Conference. Michelle plans to continue her education by obtaining a Ph.D. in East Asian History with a focus on women's participation in social movements in Republican and early Communist China. Michelle married School of Engineering alumnus, Miguel Angel Perez on June 17, 2006.
Chinese Language Alumni