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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
Shauna Hwang '19: Field Trip to Dunhuang, Gansu Province 甘肃省, 敦煌市 Fall 2017
"We learned about the Buddha and his disciples, why so many Chinese rulers dedicated these works of art to them, and simply marveled at these artistic miracles. Looking more closely within the grottoes, it was easy to see then why these grottoes had remained relatively intact after so many long centuries full of potential threats and disasters -- the awe they must have brought to people in the past like they were bringing to us int he present day probably had something to do with it Some of the statues were the size of small buildings, and the murals were so painstakingly intricate that I really couldn't take my eyes off! And the attention to detail given to every piece was extraordinarily precise."