Guangdong Waterfalls by Professor Xu Xin

Off-campus Learning: Beijing and Washington, D.C.

The CAPS major gives students experience both on and off campus, including one required semester in Beijing and one optional semester with Cornell in Washington, during which students participate in internships and cultural immersion. This unique and ambitious program offers CAPS majors unprecedented pre-professional training mapped onto a solid Cornell liberal-arts education.

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"CAPS is truly a unique program in being able to offer one-of-a-kind opportunities to its students."

— Shauna Hwang '19

Career opportunities with CAPS

Four men standing in front of a decorative wallWith three years of intensive Chinese language training, internships in Beijing, and the option to complete additional internships in Washington, D.C., Cornell graduates with a major in CAPS are well suited for entry- or higher-level positions in consulting, journalism, law firms, businesses, financial services, NGOs, diplomacy, and other government and public service agencies. An undergraduate CAPS degree also readily prepares one for graduate studies in law, business, and other disciplines with a focus on China. 

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CAPS 4001 Travel Journals:  Learning Beyond the Classroom

Wendy Chen '19:  Field Trip to Dunhuang, Gansu Province 甘肃省, 敦煌市 Fall 2017

A woman riding a camel"Walking in the sand was incredibly tiring, each step was extremely taxing on the body, but it was so worth it.  The eight of us got into sledding tubes that were linked to each other and down we go. I cheered as the adrenaline pumped through me, as the wind whipped my hair back, as the small individual grains of sand pelted my face and lodged itself into every single exposed surface of my body and clothes. Still, it was an amazing ride that was much too short for my (and some other people's) liking, inciting cheers of 'one more time!' and 'let's do it again!' as we got off our tubes and tried to shake the sand off of us to no avail."

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