Peking University


Program Description

Founded in 1898, Peking University (Beida) is the premier institution of higher learning in China and home of the nation's first American Studies Program (1980). During its 1998 centennial celebration, Peking University welcomed students and scholars as well as government and business leaders to the new quarters and expanded study facilities of the American Studies Center (ASC). With public- and private-sector support, the university initiated a vigorous renewal of the Center. Through the ASC, Peking University aims to foster long-term mutual understanding between China and the United States, to advance the field of interdisciplinary American studies in China, and to take advantage of the university’s extensive resources. With American specialists in the Departments of History, Economics, Communications, Law, Management, Sociology, International Relations, English, Literature, and the Arts, the ASC aims to move American studies in China beyond the confines of a single issue or discipline. Peking University hopes that its American Studies Center will become the leading Chinese facility for the integration of academic and applied experience with the U.S. With that hope, the ASC successfully started an undergraduate course “American Society and Culture” and published a new textbook.

Participating Departments or Schools

  • American Studies Center
  • School of International Studies

School Address

School of International Studies, Peking University
Haidian District

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Program Director(s)

  • Yuan Ming 袁明

Program Faculty

Yuan Ming 袁明, Wang Jisi 王缉思, Dai Longji, Dai Xinyue, Dong Zhenghua, Hai Wen, Han Minzhong, Jia Qingguo 贾庆国, Ma Rong, Wang Xixin, Wu Zipan, Zhang Xiaoming 张小明

Undergraduate Courses

American Society and Culture

Other Details

The Peking University library offers many famous foreign online databases and E-journals, such as DIALOG, OCLC, UNCOVER, UMI, EBSCO, LexisNexis and others, which include titles in American Studies as well as broader topics related to the United States. The library also provides MARC, CD-ROM and international online database searching; and problem searching, thesis and retrieval.