China Studies

China Studies Program

SAIS China Studies offers unparalleled training for future leaders and thinkers who will address China's evolving role in the world.

China Studies Program

SAIS China Studies offers unparalleled training for future leaders and thinkers who will address China's evolving role in the world.

China Studies Program

SAIS China Studies offers unparalleled training for future leaders and thinkers who will address China's evolving role in the world.

How to work with China across the full range of human endeavor to enhance positive developments and minimize frictions is one of the great challenges of the Twenty-First Century. SAIS-China, of which the China Studies Program in Washington is a central part, provides multiple opportunities to learn about China in Washington, Europe, and throughout the Chinese-speaking world.

The SAIS China Studies Program is second to none in the number of courses offered on contemporary China.  The Program’s hallmark is its academically superb faculty, with considerable experience outside of academe, from work in government and multilateral organizations to NGOs and foundations.  Courses they teach range from Chinese leadership and foreign policy, economic and political reform, human rights and law, and environment, to China’s military and the country’s growing involvement in Africa and beyond. The China Studies Program works closely with the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies.  Interested students have the opportunity to spend time in China learning from top Chinese and international scholars. 

SAIS China Studies students will be exposed to visiting policy makers and academics, have opportunities to undertake internships in Greater China and/or in Washington, DC, and they participate in field trips to China or the societies with which it interacts. A core commitment of the SAIS China Studies Program is to offer a curriculum that puts contemporary China in regional and historical context and integrates comparative and theoretical perspectives with the judgment that experience and history provide.

Aside from China itself, Washington, DC is ground zero for the study of contemporary China and China policy.  SAIS China Studies is in the center of Washington--amidst embassies, think tanks, NGOs, and government agencies, all with considerable China involvement and expertise. Given their unmatched opportunity to study China from both the inside and outside, SAIS China Studies graduates are employed in government, business, multilateral organizations, and NGOs around the world.

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Curriculum

 

China Studies | M.A. Academic Requirements

China Studies Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2014-2015
 
Students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 or 14 courses as approved by Academic Affairs.
 
CHINA STUDIES
Students concentrating in China Studies must take at least 4 courses within this program.
 
Students who received the HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies must submit a petition to the program in order to reduce the number of China Studies course requirements.
 
ASIAN STUDIES
Students also must fulfill the general requirements for the field of Asian Studies, that is, an additional 2 Asian Studies courses outside of China Studies.
 
Students in China Studies also have the option of pursuing a specialization in the International Relations of Asia (AsiaIR).

 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Microeconomics
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro and/or Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
 

 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Students must complete one course from the list below.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Risk Analysis and Modeling
·         Corporate Finance (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         Quantitative Methods in International Relations (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.

 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses. China Studies concentrators must pass Comparative National Systems as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative National Systems
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

China Studies MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in Chinese. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS. Native Chinese speakers must pass proficiency in a second language which can include English. Recent HNC Certificate students are exempt from taking the Chinese proficiency exam and will have met the proficiency requirement.

 

CAPSTONE

China Studies concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
 
1.     China Studies Capstone Exam that tests the student's knowledge of China in relation to the student's overall coursework
2.     MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)
 

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010

Curriculum

 

China Studies | M.A. Academic Requirements

China Studies Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2014-2015
 
Students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 or 14 courses as approved by Academic Affairs.
 
CHINA STUDIES
Students concentrating in China Studies must take at least 4 courses within this program.
 
Students who received the HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies must submit a petition to the program in order to reduce the number of China Studies course requirements.
 
ASIAN STUDIES
Students also must fulfill the general requirements for the field of Asian Studies, that is, an additional 2 Asian Studies courses outside of China Studies.
 
Students in China Studies also have the option of pursuing a specialization in the International Relations of Asia (AsiaIR).

 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Microeconomics
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro and/or Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
 

 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Students must complete one course from the list below.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Risk Analysis and Modeling
·         Corporate Finance (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         Quantitative Methods in International Relations (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.

 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses. China Studies concentrators must pass Comparative National Systems as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative National Systems
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

China Studies MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in Chinese. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS. Native Chinese speakers must pass proficiency in a second language which can include English. Recent HNC Certificate students are exempt from taking the Chinese proficiency exam and will have met the proficiency requirement.

 

CAPSTONE

China Studies concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
 
1.     China Studies Capstone Exam that tests the student's knowledge of China in relation to the student's overall coursework
2.     MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)
 

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010

Waiver Exams

Faculty

Featured Courses

Students concentrating in China Studies must take at least four courses within the program and an additional two courses in Asian Studies. Refer to the curriculum page for details.

  1. Spring 2014

    China & the International Economic Crisis

    A review of the various ways in which China has...

  2. Spring 2014

    U.S.-China Relations

    Examines U.S. policy toward China and specific U.S.-Chinese political, economic,...

  3. Spring 2014

    Grass Roots China

    Examines the dramatic social changes brought about by China’s rapid...

  4. Spring 2014

    China's Environment & Development: Politics, Policy and Sustainability

    Severe environmental degradation threatens China's future economic development and affects...

  5. Spring 2014

    Law & Society in China

    Provides an overview of law in China today. Starting with...

Program Activities

 

SAIS China Forum

The program hosts a monthly lecture series that brings leading experts on dimensions of China from academia, the business world and the policy community to speak at SAIS.

 

China Studies Brown Bag Luncheons

This event series provides opportunities for members of the China Studies Program and others in the SAIS community to explore current topics on China with experts in an informal setting.

 

Internships

Each year China Studies provides limited funding to help offset some of the costs students may incur in undertaking internships in Greater China during the summer.

 

Study Tours

When funding is available, China Studies faculty may organize travel for limited numbers of students on topics involving Chinese domestic or foreign policy.

 

Research Opportunities

China Studies offers an annual research seminar on various topics for which students complete research papers of publishable quality. Students may also have opportunities to serve as research assistants for academic books or other projects.

 

Annual Rome Endowment Photo Contest

China Studies Program hosts an Annual Rome Endowment Photo Contest each year. This contest encourages the outstanding use of photography to tell compelling stories about our China Studies students’ travel experiences in Greater China. At the end of the spring semester, China Studies will award six cash prizes to winners. These awards will include three third place awards ($100); two second place awards ($200); and, one first place award ($300).

 

China Studies Working Paper Series

The China Studies Working Paper Series showcases research conducted by MA candidates in China Studies classes. Submissions are accepted on a semester basis and undergo a committee review process to ensure that these papers are of the highest quality. Papers in this series have gone on to be published elsewhere.

Program Activities: Washington, D.C.

Program Activities: Europe

Program Activities: Nanjing

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate Advanced Standing Students who have been admitted to SAIS in Washington, D.C., and are sufficiently advanced in the Chinese language are eligible for a five-semester M.A. and certificate program. Students who spend two semesters at the center in Nanjing graduate with a Certificate in Chinese and American Studies. After three additional semesters at SAIS in Washington, they also graduate with an M.A. from SAIS.

The year in Nanjing may be completed during any contiguous academic year. For instance, a student may (1) attend classes in Nanjing before or while applying to SAIS;(2) spend a year in Nanjing after completing two semesters at SAIS in Washington; or (3) begin study in Nanjing in the fall after completing three semesters in Washington. Students pursuing this option must meet the admission requirements of both programs. Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) work may not be combined with a SAIS dual-degree program such as the SAIS-Wharton M.A.-M.B.A. or the SAIS-Stanford M.A.-J.D. Acceptance to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center or to SAIS does not constitute acceptance to the other institution. U.S. and other international students completing a graduate degree elsewhere may petition their home university to accept work completed at the HNC as credit toward their degree.

Students who hold a certificate from the HNC and have been admitted to SAIS and have chosen to concentrate in China Studies can receive credit for up to four courses on China taken at the center. These courses must be similar to those offered by the China Studies Program at SAIS in Washington, D.C., or be consistent with the aims of the China Studies curriculum. To receive credit for courses offered by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center toward the China Studies concentration, students with a certificate from the HNC entering SAIS must submit to the China Studies Program for review and approval a list of those courses completed at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center that they wish to have count as fulfilling the courses on China required for the concentration. As part of the course approval process, students will be asked to provide an official transcript from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and may be asked to provide supporting materials from the courses for which they are seeking SAIS credit, such as syllabi. Consistent with SAIS standards for course credit, courses from the HNC for which a student has received a grade below a B- will not be eligible for SAIS credit. Students who receive China Studies credit for courses taken at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center will still need to take the two additional Asian Studies courses at SAIS to complete the six-course China Studies concentration requirement, as well as complete the core requirement for Comparative National Systems. All students are strongly encouraged to have taken courses in both Chinese domestic and foreign policy. The program recommends that students complete for credit, or at minimum audit, at least one course on China Studies in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Events

SAIS China Studies hosts the China Forum, which features presentations and speeches by top officials and thinkers who manage and study China's evolving role in the world. Students also attend luncheons and hear invited China scholars discuss their latest research.



2014

  1. China's Rise and the Global Resource Game 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Apr16

    Elizabeth Economy, senior fellow and director for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will discuss this topic.

  2. Chinese Foreign Policy in the Xi Jinping Era: What Has Changed and What Has Not 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Mar31

    Zhu Feng, professor in the School of International Studies at Peking University and visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, will discuss this topic. Note: This event is off the record.

  3. Issues in U.S.-China Relations from a Chinese Perspective 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Feb24

    Qi Zhou, visiting fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, and the director of the Department of American Politics in the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, will discuss this topic.

  4. Chinese New Year Reception 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Feb3

    The SAIS community is invited to attend the 2014 Chinese New Year Reception celebrating the “Year of the Horse.” David Lampton, director of the China Studies Program, and Robert Shields, career counselor at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, will deliver remarks.

  5. Claimant Tactics in the South China Sea 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Feb3

    Christopher Yung, senior research fellow at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies, will discuss this topic. Note: This event is off the Record.

2013

  1. The Bo Xilan Trail: Implication for Chinese Legal Reform 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Nov18

    Natalie Lichtenstein, professorial lecturer in the SAIS China Studies Program, will discuss this topic. Note: This is a luncheon event.

  2. In Line Behind a Billion People 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Nov13

    Damien Ma, a political analyst at Chicago University’s Paulson Institute, and William Adams, a senior international economist at PNC Bank and a SAIS graduate, will discuss this topic.

  3. China as a Global Power 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Nov4

    Anne-Marie Brady, a professor of political science at the University of Canterbury, in New Zealand, will discuss this topic.

  4. China's Civil Nuclear Energy Development 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM Oct21

    David Lampton, director of the SAIS China Studies Program, will discuss this topic.

  5. Chinese Foreign Policy and U.S.-China Relations 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Oct8

    Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the U.S. and a SAIS graduate, will discuss this topic. Members of the media who plan to cover the event should respond to Felisa Neuringer Klubes at the SAIS Communications Office at 202.663.5626 or fklubes@jhu.edu. Note: We have reached capacity for general seating at this event.

Research

  1. China Studies Working Paper Series: Submission

    Learn how to submit a paper for publication.

    The China Studies Working Paper Series showcases research conducted by MA candidates in China Studies classes. Submissions are accepted on a semester basis and undergo a committee review process to ensure that these papers are of the highest quality. Learn how to submit a paper for publication by following the link below.

  2. China Studies Working Paper Series: Current Issue

    View the current issue of the working paper series.

    The current issue focuses on environmental concerns in China, featuring work by Tremayne Gibson, Meghan Kleinsteiber, Bo Li, and Ilaria Mozzocco.

  3. China Studies Students Working Paper Series: Archives

    View former issues of the paper series

    The archives go back to 2009 when the paper series was first launched.

Our Alumni

 

China Studies Alumni

Alumni Facebook Group

Join the group by visiting the SAIS China Alumni Group and click “Request to join”. You will need to have a Facebook account to login and join. The group is focused on connecting SAIS China Alumni and updating them on all events hosted by the China Studies program.

Alumni Linkedin Group

Join the group by visiting the SAIS China Alumni Group and click “Join Group”. You will need to have a Linkedin account to login and join. The group is focused on connecting SAIS China Alumni and friends in a professional context.

Alumni Email List

To join the SAIS China Alumni email list, please e-mail SAIS.China.Alumni@jhu.com and provide your name and year of graduation.

External Resources

Contact Us

David M. Lampton
George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, Director of the China Studies Program

dmlampton@jhu.edu
Rome 612

Carla Freeman
Associate Director of the China Studies Program, Associate Research Professor, Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Institute

cfreeman5@jhu.edu
Rome 607

Zhaojin Ji
Program Coordinator

zji@jhu.edu
Rome 610

Address & Phone

China Studies
Rome Building, Suite 606
1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.
20036
  • 202.663.5816