Choose one of the following three courses.
Independent Study Project
Independent Study Project – syllabus
(ISPR 3000 / 4 credits)
Conducted in Yunnan Province or another approved location appropriate to the project, the Independent Study Project (ISP) is a self-designed research project offering students the opportunity to undertake a personally significant and independent investigation into a topic of their choice. Each student will plan, develop, and independently undertake a research project, with the advice and guidance of the academic director and an ISP advisor, a local academic, and/or health professional. The topic of study may be anything of interest to the student, within the scope of the program and the immediate region, and is usually developed out of lectures, discussions, and educational excursions. The final project should provide material evidence of student capability in utilizing appropriate methodologies and in synthesizing experiences in the host culture. Students are expected to complete 120 hours of field-based (non-archival, non-library) research on their topic, submit a substantial written paper, and deliver an accompanying oral presentation. It is not uncommon for ISPs to strongly contribute to the student’s choice of subject for graduate studies or professional career.
Sample ISP topic areas:
- Traditional ecological knowledge and sustainable food sourcing
- An analysis of China’s energy sources and the case for clean energy
- Confucianist and Daoist philosophies and their influences on health preservation and environmental protection
- Addressing disparities in China’s health, education, and social welfare systems
- The impact of the Chinese rural healthcare system on infectious disease
- Naxi shamanic healing system
- Tibetan mental health
- Traditional Chinese painting, music, and medicine
Browse this program’s Independent Study Projects / undergraduate research.
Internship and Seminar
Internship and Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN3000 / 4 credits)
This program offers a four-week internship with various organizations or work units that provide unique opportunities for students to gain valuable professional experience in a range of fields, including health education, cultural preservation, traditional medicine, food systems, and local entrepreneurship. This experience is aimed at enhancing students’ skills in an international work environment and establishing networks for their future career. A minimum of 120 hours must be spent interning with the organization. Students also participate in a weekly seminar, write a paper, and give a final presentation.
- Learning about traditional healthcare practices and techniques and the holistic philosophy behind Traditional Chinese Medicine at a Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital or clinic
- Developing photographic materials and assisting cultural preservation efforts at varied local institutes and companies
- Organizing cultural activities for the local community and assessing the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives targeting small businesses at Shangri-la Cultural Preservation Center
- Helping in the Traditional Chinese Medicine herb farms at Yunnan Wubang Pharmaceutical Group
- Assisting the work at Sony China Limited, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation
- Helping out at Hongta Sports Center, which has an indoor swimming facility, a badminton competition area, an Olympic-sized ice surface, and more
- Helping out at Yang Liping Art and Culture Developments Ltd, established and run by the legendary ethnic dancer Yang Liping
Intermediate Chinese – syllabus
(CHIN 2004–2504 / 4 credits)
Advanced Chinese – syllabus
(CHIN 3004–3504 / 4 credits)
Guided Self-Instruction in Chinese
Guided Self-Instruction in Chinese – syllabus
(CHIN 4004 / 4 credits)
Pursued in lieu of the ISP or internship, this intensive one-on-one or one-on-two immersive Chinese language course is conducted during the last month of the program; combined with the required six-credit language course taken earlier in the program, students can earn up to ten language credits in one semester.
Students also sign a 24-hour Chinese language pledge for the duration of this 4-credit course.