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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China Studies | M.A. Academic Requirements
Entering Class 2013-2014
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
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
· 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 2012-2013Entering Class 2011-2012Entering Class 2010-2011Entering Class 2009-2010
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.
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.
When funding is available, China Studies faculty may organize travel for limited numbers of students on topics involving Chinese domestic or foreign policy.
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).
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.
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Fall 2013 China Studies Events9/6/2013 China Studies Welcome Luncheon
Friday, 12-2 pm All China Studies students, faculty, visiting scholars are invited to attend
Rome 806 the welcome luncheon to know each other 9/23/2013 China Studies Internship Report Luncheon
Mon. 12:15-2 pm China Studies students who have participated in internships this summer
Rome 806 will give reports and share their experience with new students 9/30/2013 China Studies-SAIS Library Luncheon Presentation
Mon.12:15-2 pm Yunshen Ye, JHU Eisenhower Library Librarian
Rome 806 SAIS Library and China Studies are co-hosting a luncheon presentation for SAIS students, faculty and staff to learn more about the growing number of digitized Chinese language resources available to the JHU community. 10/8/2013 China Forum
Tue. 5-7 pm Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai, SAIS ‘87
Kenney Auditorium “US-China Relations”
Followed by a reception 10/21/2013 China Studies Luncheon
Mon. 12:30-2 pm Professor David Lampton
Rome 806 “China’s Civil Nuclear Energy Development” 11/4/2013 China Luncheon
Mon. 12:30-2 pm Professor Anne-Marie Brady, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Rome 806 “China as a Global Power” 11/13/2013 China Forum
Wed. 5-7 pm Damien Ma and William Adams (SAIS’09)
Rome Audi. Book talk on “In Line behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade”
Followed by book signing and reception 11/18/2013 China Luncheon
Mon. 12:15-2 pm Professor Natalie Lichtenstein, SAIS
Rome 806 “The Bo Xilai Trial: Implication for Chinese Legal Reform”
The Bo Xilan Trail: Implication for Chinese Legal Reform 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Natalie Lichtenstein, professorial lecturer in the SAIS China Studies Program, will discuss this topic. Note: This is a luncheon event.
In Line Behind a Billion People 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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.
China as a Global Power 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Anne-Marie Brady, a professor of political science at the University of Canterbury, in New Zealand, will discuss this topic.
China's Civil Nuclear Energy Development 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
David Lampton, director of the SAIS China Studies Program, will discuss this topic.
Chinese Foreign Policy and U.S.-China Relations 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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 email@example.com. Note: We have reached capacity for general seating at this event.
China Studies-SAIS Library Luncheon Presentation 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Yunshen Ye, librarian at the John Hopkins University Eisenhower Library, will discuss this topic.
China Studies Program 2013 Summer Internship Reports 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
China Studies Program students Hanning Bi, Samuel Earl, Lauren Gloudeman, Seyun Lee, Junda Lin, Mike Nguyen, Kunfan Tang, Yiqian Xu and Lina Yu will present reports from their 2013 summer internship projects.
Who’s Afraid of China’s State-Owned Enterprises? 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Arthur Kroeber, managing director of the GaveKal Dragonomics, will discuss this topic.
The Power and Limits of Law: Territorial and Maritime Disputes 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Peter Dutton, professor of strategic studies and director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College, will discuss this topic.
Sino-European Relations: Key Issues and Impact on U.S.-China Relations 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Shaun Breslin, professor of politics and international studies at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, will discuss this topic. Note: This event is open to the SAIS community only.
China Studies Students 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.
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.