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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 4030 Student Projects:  A Gateway to Real World Application

Kathy Wang '18:  "A Case Study:  Redesigning WeChat for the American User"

This project investigates the perception of WeChat, the most popular Chinese social media, and messaging app, to American users. By conducting surveys and focusing on the design elements, Kathy seeks to optimize the enjoyment of the app for an American audience.  

View the complete project here.


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Field Trip to Guizhou, China featuring a monkey with a stolen water bottle. Photo Credit to Professor Xu Xin