CAPS and CUSP Courses
China and Asia-Pacific Studeies in Washington
In addition to the CIW Core Course (CAPS 4997 or 4998), CAPS students will take CAPS 3000, Seminar on American Relations with China. This course is coordinated by a faculty member, with individual sessions led by scholars, officials, business people, journalists, lobbyists, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and others who have worked in China or have participated in the shaping of U.S. policy toward China.
CAPS students will also enroll in a Chinese language course taught specifically for them: CHIN 3341 or CHIN 4441 (equivalent to the regular Cornell courses CHIN 3301 and CHIN 4411, respectively).
Like all CIW students, CAPS majors will also hold an internship. Their internships are usually working in government agencies, embassies, newspapers, television networks, businesses, law firms, think tanks, NGOs, and other organizations.
See the CAPS website for more information.
The Cornell Urban Scholars in Washington Program
This program aims to support Washington’s most innovative nonprofit organizations and government agencies in their efforts to eliminate the fundamental causes of poverty. Offered during the spring, this program is a one semester opportunity to make a difference in a local community with the goal of encouraging interested students to search for a deeper understanding of the root causes of poverty in Washington, DC, and to pursue a long term commitment to enhance direct service, issue advocacy and policy change efforts.
Like all students at CIW, students in the CUSP program will choose one of the CIW core courses, and, as an elective, have exclusive access to a unique course:
Social Justice and Urban Issues: The Case of Washington, DC, and its Environs
This required course explores:
- the relationship between the urban setting and the culture and identity of its inhabitants. Of particular interest is the health of a community and the quality of life of the residents.
- the characteristics of society and culture as well as the built environment.
- the context of social, economic, political, and other issues that contribute to barriers or opportunities for urban life in the United States.
These concepts will be integrated with community‐based learning pedagogy. A community‐based project provides students with opportunities for self‐reflection, community involvement, and hands‐on research in the classroom. Washington, DC and its environs will be the focus of class discussions and exercises.
CUSP students will also hold an internship. See the CUSP website for more information.