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China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Cornell University, CAPS


Washington D.C. Metro Station

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CAPS Graduation

CAPS Graduation

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China and Asia-Pacific Studies at Cornell

caps xue logoA "revolutionary" new undergraduate major at Cornell University, CAPS is a program designed to train future leaders who are equipped to address the inevitable challenges and negotiate the delicate complexities in the various domains of U.S.-China relations. With four years of intensive Chinese language training and two semesters of internships in Washington D.C., and Beijing respectively, the unique and ambitious program offers CAPS majors unprecedented pre-professional training mapped onto a solid Cornell liberal arts education. 

Cornell graduates with a major in CAPS will be in high demand for entry-or higher-level positions in consultancies, journalism, law firms, businesses, financial services, NGOs, diplomacy, and other government and public service agencies. And undergraduate CAPS degree also readily prepares one for graduate studies in law, business, and other disciplines with a focus on China. 

During his visit to China in November 2009, President Barack Obama announced a plan to send 100,000 American students to China in the next four years. President David Skorton then sent President Obama a letter applauding that decision and telling him the success of Cornell's CAPS program.

CAPS information list-serve

CAPS-info-l is the list-serve of the China and Asia-Pacific Studies Program at Cornell University. The list-serve is meant to communicate information about upcoming academic and social events of interest to prospective students both on and off campus. 

To subscribe to the CAPS-info-l list-serve, send an e-mail message to The body of the message should be: Join "your name" "year of class".

Questions: e-mail


What Students Say About CAPS? 

I went to Cornell with the CAPS major in mind. ……there would be no possible way I would have gotten as much out of the experience as I did with CAPS.

--Nick Elser ’10 Context Optional, San Francisco

IMG_0960 I transferred from ILR to A&S the sophomore year for the sole purpose of declaring the CAPS major.

--Matt Silverstein ’10  SK Group, Beijing

I finally decided to formally enroll into Cornell College of Arts and Sciences. The CAPS major was a major influence on my decision to attend Cornell.

--Andrew Huang ’14 

 Check out more in CAPS blog!

Thinking in Chinese

News and Announcements

The prestigious Foreign Policy magazine invites CAPS students and alumni to participate in FP’s US-China Education Survey targeting “American students who have studied or worked in China, and Chinese students who have studied or worked in the United States”. The survey deadline is Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on Tuesday, April 7. 


CAPS students with Professor Andrew Mertha in Cambodia. Check details here

New Publications

Civilizations in World Politics: Plural and Pluralist Perspectives

Edited by: Peter Katzenstein

Press: Routledge