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Title:Culture's Effects of Chinese International Students Intent on Choosing Their Major/College
Author(s):Cen, Yuyi
international students
Abstract:This study was concentrated on the students from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Research shows that religion, economy, and history are all primary factors which affect the choices the students make when they choose their majors or colleges. Chinese international students are the object in this project because they comprise the majority of international students in the United States: they are also the greater part of our international student body in UIUC. Though there are many students that arrive on campus knowing exactly their major and careers, the rest of the students don’t, thus this paper be to ready some directions for other international students in their journey toward the path of themselves. In fact, lots of Chinese international students are not determined about what major they are going to pick, instead of choosing with their own will, they are most likely choosing their major under their parents’ expectation. This research paper is meant to give those students who have not determined what their major is going to be. Instead of following parents’ expectations, students themselves should also have their own opinions toward what major most interested them and would like to take in college. All in all, many of the freshmen here do not fully understand the correlation in between their majors and their future career, either affected by their parents’ expectations or not knowing what major best suited them. This research served therefore guide them toward the major they best interested at and will correlate to their future career.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhetoric 103, College Composition I: Race and the University, Yu Kyung Kang: This course is the first half of a two-semester sequence designed primarily to help students improve as writers, readers, researchers and critical thinkers. To this end students were encouraged to think analytically, to read critically and participate actively in the ongoing academic discourse presented in texts, images and discussions. This section of Rhetoric 103 was different from others in that it centered on a particular theme, Race and the University as a part of the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI). As a Race and the University course students investigated the way that race defines people, actions, and patterns of thought, and what people make of race and issues of race. Students did this by exploring texts and contexts in the first half, then observed and researched issues particular to our campus in the second half. Over the semester students went through a step-by-step research process that started with a research question and ended with a final research project. As an Ethnography of the University (EUI) section, students conducted innovative research and explored issues of race by coming in direct contact with people, places and texts connected or related to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The course syllabus is available at:
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-04-26

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