This 4-credit course leads students to discuss a broad range of topics about contemporary China and to conduct a senior project of Chinese Studies. Students will participate in class discussions on assigned readings and provide weekly progress reports of their senior research projects. Under special circumstances, students may be allowed to take the senior seminar for 2 credits only. Under its project-driven design, the 2-credit seminar gives each major student the opportunity to conduct a senior project of Chinese Studies. Both the 2-credit and 4-credit courses conclude with the completion of the senior essay and a formal academic presentation given by each major student.