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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

Wendy Chen '19:  "The Spread of Traditional Chinese Medicine through the Lens of the 同仁堂 Business with a Special Focus on Africa"

This project discusses the history, controversies, and global prevalence of Traditional Chinese Medicine, abbreviated TCM, in the ancient and modern world.  Specifically, Wendy examines Tong Ren Tang (同仁堂)pharmaceutical company's promotion of TCM and Chinese culture in Africa along with its implications.  

View the complete project here.


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Students looking at upcoming responsibilities and assignments, colorized 2018. Good luck on finals season! ~Photo Credits from Professor Xu Xin