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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 one-of-a-kind major. With the intellectual foundation, language skills, and experiential learning that CAPS provides, you don't just study U.S.-China relations, you live them.”
— Cole DeVoy '17
Career opportunities with CAPS
With 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
Kathy Wang '18: Field Trip to Gansu Province 甘肃省, Fall 2017
"I have always felt more American than Chinese. But that changed for a moment at [Chao Ge's] show. For a moment, the intense music and beautiful theatrics and powerful acting overwhelmed me, [....] In that moment, I felt pride--pride that this historical drama in front of me was created and executed by my people-Chinese people, pride that the Chinese have so much history behind them--thousands of years of history. I have never felt so proud to be Chinese. What other country can recite thousands of years of history? What other country has dynasties upon dynasties of culture and tradition and innovation and change? What other country has a rich culture and complex history?"