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China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Cornell University, CAPS


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CAPS Graduation

CAPS Graduation

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China and Asia-Pacific Studies at Cornell

caps xue logoA "revolutionary" 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. 


Congratulations to the CAPS Class of 2015!

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



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CAPS 10th Anniversary Photo Contest!

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All CAPS students and alumni are invited to submit a photo that best depicts (a) your life/experience as a CAPS student, (b) your best moment with your CAPS folks, or (c) what the program has enabled you to be. A short paragraph (less than 100 words) may be submitted along to annotate the photo. All submissions will be displayed at a photographic exhibition at the 10th anniversary celebration, as will be at a virtual exhibition on the CAPS website ( We will also post the photos on our Facebook page for all CAPS students, alums and friends to view and comment. The winner of the best photo will be awarded a prize of $100.
Submit to by Sept. 6th!

What Students Say About CAPS?

The diverse opportunities and real-world exposure offered by the CAPS abroad semesters were directly beneficial to my receiving an offer to my summer internship and subsequent full-time return offer.

_Roslyn Jin, '15 Global Banking & Markets, Merrill Lynch


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

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 

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News and Announcements

CAPS 10th Anniversary Conference!

We will celebrate our 10th anniversary with a one day conference:

The Past, Present & Future of China & Asia-Pacific Studies at Cornell University

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Please contact Dena for more information at

New CAPS Faculty!

Joining us in the fall are two world-class China scholars, Jessica Chen Weiss and Jeremy Wallace, both of whom will be joining professors Andrew Mertha and Allen Carlson in the Government Department.  They will strengthen and deepen CAPS' core mission of training new generations of "young China hands" and help make Cornell the epicenter in the study of Chinese politics in the United States at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  We are extremely excited to welcome Jessica and Jeremy as core members of CAPS!


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

New Publications

Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge 1975-1979

by Andrew Mertha

Cornell University Press


Civilizations in World Politics: Plural and Pluralist Perspectives

Edited by: Peter Katzenstein

Press: Routledge