Great Wall



The trip will span the continent, visiting cities, and regions with historic and contemporary economic significance including Beijing,Xi'an , Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai. In addition to businesses, factories, farms, special economic zones and universities, students will also visit historical and cultural sites including:

  • The Great Wall
  • Beijing's Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • Guilin’s dramatic mountain and river landscapes, the basis for centuries of Chinese art
  • Xi’an’s terra cotta warriors
  • Hong Kong's historic Central District, a global financial capital and seat of Britain's last colony
  • Shanghai's "bund," China's Wall Street and emerging global finance powerhouse
  • Shanghai's PuDong section, home to many of China's world-class manufacturing firms.

A typical day combines two or three of the following: a faculty briefing, a visits to a historic site, a lecture by a Chinese academic or official, a factory tour and discussion with business leaders, and free time for individual exploration of the cities.


  • Stephen L. S. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Business, Gordon College. Professor Smith, an international economics and economic development specialist, is a longtime student of the Chinese economy and has lived and travelled extensively in Asia.
  • Steven Rundle, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Biola University. Professor Rundle, an expert on business as mission, teaches in Biola’s MBA and undergraduate programs and has deep experience with business and the church in China.
  • Lari Mobley, M.B.A., Professor of Business Administration, Biola University. Professor Mobley teaches in the areas of marketing, advertising and business writing. Currently she is completing her Ph.D. in management with a marketing emphasis, and is focusing her research on branding strategies for companies during mergers and acquisitions.
  • Edd Noell, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Westmont College.  An experienced international seminar leader and frequent China visitor, Professor Noell is the co-author of Reckoning with Markets (Oxford, 2012).

This seminar is open to all Gordon students. There are no course pre-requisites. Chinese language speakers will be with the group at all official functions and visits. Meetings will be translated as necessary. Participants are not required to have any level of Chinese language fluency.


This is a 4-credit general elective course offered by Gordon's Department of Economics and Business and Department of History. Students may elect is as either ECB291 or HIS291. It has three parts:

  • a pre-trip classroom component during the spring 2015 semester
  • a 19-day tour of China in late May and early June 2015
  • a term paper due after the trip

Registration for international seminars is handled by the GEO. After accepted students have paid their deposit to the GEO, then the GEO will register students for either ECB291/HIS291 Economic Development of Modern China.

Students wishing to fulfill Global Understanding core through participation in the China Seminar must:

  • Participate in COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 (0-credit) in APRIL 2015. Lab fees apply.
  • Participate in COR211 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 2 (0-credit) in SEPTEMBER 2015. Lab fees apply.

Please respond to emails from the GEO about registration for COR210 and 211. Both COR210 and 211 are one-day Saturday classes.

Contact GEO for further details. 


Total program cost including non-refundable application fees is approximately $5,290. This covers: tuition, visa and roundtrip airfare, lodging (3- or 4-star hotels), meals, in-country transportation, and entrance fees.

A $30 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application. A $450 non-refundable program deposit (which counts against tuition) will be due in January 2015.  The remainder will be billed to student accounts—full details available from Student Financial Services.

Students are required to obtain passports in advance of the trip to allow GEO to obtain a visa for China entry. Students must also secure any needed immunizations. 


By December 15, Gordon applicants must:

After acceptance, the student must do the following:

  • Submit a confirmation deposit of $450 due by January 15, 2015.
  • Attend 12 hours ofpre-departure class sessions over the course of spring term. First Class: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Submit signed, current passport to the GEO (for Chinese visa application) by February 15, 2015

Non-Gordon students interested in applying to ECB291, please follow link at left.


For further information, please contact:

The Global Education Office
P 978.867.4399

Stephen Smith
P 978.867.4421