This interdisciplinary program offers students opportunities to study classical and modern Chinese language and literature, classical civilization and philosophy, contemporary art, the ecology of fengshui, and cinema. In other departments, students can study Chinese history, political science, geoscience, ecology, business, and religion. 

Fast Facts
  • 1 of 3 universities in Texas to offer Teacher Certification in Chinese
  • Founding member of the ASIANetwork, which provides funding opportunities for Trinity students to conduct research projects abroad
  • Leader among liberal arts colleges with East Asia programs
  • Includes one of the nation's largest Chinese programs for a liberal arts college
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What You'll Study

Immerse yourself in Chinese Culture, Language, Politics, Science and Business


Chinese Expertise Across the Campus

Hailing from a dozen departments and programs our dedicated faculty have built a diverse curriculum focused on key issues, global relationships, and hands-on experience. Students are culturally and academically prepared to be future leaders in many sectors of the global environment.

Stephen Lee Field
Stephen Lee Field, Ph.D.
J.K. and Ingrid Lee Endowed Professor of Chinese Language & Literature, Modern Languages and Literatures
Jie Zhang
Jie Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Co-Director of East Asian Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures
Headshot of faculty member Daniel Lehrmann
Daniel Lehrmann, Ph.D.
Gertrude and Walter Pyron Professor of Geosciences, Geosciences
Zhaoxi Liu
Zhaoxi (Josie) Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Carlos Augustus de Lozano Professor of Journalism, Communication
Shage Zhang
Shage Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Finance and Decision Sciences

Student Opportunities

EAST sponsors Trinity study abroad programs in China in business, ecology, and geoscience.


Students can apply for a number of scholarships and grants towards study abroad opportunities through the Center for International Engagement.

Research Opportunities

Qualified students may be accepted for undergraduate research fellowships in ecological civilization in China every summer, and the East Asian Studies...

Study Abroad

Improve your Chinese and experience unique cultures through study abroad. Opportunities range from advanced language immersion to ecological...


EAST sponsors the Shanghai faculty-led study abroad program, which includes a one-month internship in a company, NGO, institute of the student’s...

Student Organizations

Chinese Language and Culture Club
One of the oldest student organizations on campus, the Chinese Language and Culture Club boasts more than 100...

Student Awards and Recognition

The Phoenix Award for Outstanding Student in East Asian Studies.

Lecture Series and Annual Events

The annual Lunar New Year festival features dance, song, martial arts, skits, and more, showcasing the multicultural talent of the Trinity community...

When You Graduate

Broaden your horizons

Your Trinity degree is just the beginning. Our faculty and alumni are here to help you turn that degree into next steps, international opportunities, and future careers.


Graduates from Trinity’s Chinese programs often earn advanced graduate degrees or pursue global opportunities in foreign policy and international business. Students are also able to earn Texas teacher certification in Chinese, making Trinity one of only three universities in Texas with that capability.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas​​​​​​
  • Washington University


    Career Areas:

    • Chinese Language Teaching
    • International Business
    • Law

    Notable Companies who have hired Trinity Graduates:

    • AtmosAir Asia
    • Baker & Mackenzie Attorneys at Law, Shanghai
    • Deloitte Touche Beijing
    • Sears Holdings Hong Kong


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