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China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Cornell University, CAPS


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CAPS Graduation

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China and Asia-Pacific Studies at Cornell

caps xue logoAn innovative 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. 

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 student profiles


Savannah Dowling Class of 2016


Jin Han Kim Class of 2016

Roslyn Jin

Roslyn Jin Class of 2015

Eva Xu


Linyihui Eva Xu Class of 2015

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 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 

News and Announcements

Faculty in the news

Professor Mertha quoted in the Washington Post, 7/13/16

"Beijing's dilemma after South China Sea ruling: Double down or cool down?"




Professors Carlson & Weiss in ChinaFile, 7/12/16

"China's Claims in the South China Sea Rejected"



Read about the Winter Session class in Cambodia with Dr. Mertha!


In the Cornell Chronicle

See our events page for more information


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


Is Taiwan a Country?

by Allen Carlson

The National Interest


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