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Study Abroad in China

Dr. Pete Giordano, Psychology Professor, is pictured with some Belmont Psychology majors during the 2014 Study Abroad trip to China.

Summer Study Abroad: June 7 - 28, 2016

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Application Deadline:  February 15, 2016

Study Chinese language, Asian Studies, and Psychology in China, home to the world's longest continuous civilization, the most populous nation, and the second largest global economy.

This program introduces students to the differences between Western and Chinese versions of the self, with special attention to the divergent minorities of China in the Yunnan Province: Dong, Bai, Miao and Naxi.

Program highlights include:

  • Visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, and more
  • Take classes at Zhengzhou University
  • Participate in homestays
  • Shaolin Monastery, Underground Terracotta Army, Qingdao beach, and more
  • Visit FoxConn Technology and other businesses in the Eastern Economic Development Zone

Belmont Psychology Students Complete Field Portion of Research in China


The photo is taken at the Imperial Academy in Beijing. Belmont Psychology majors, pictured L to R: Madi Lausten, Katy Coffer, Joseph Kenkel, Emily Boyd, Iris Chiang, Matthew Maloney, Scarlet Sanders, Seth Schrader, Heather Dudley, and Dr. Giordano.

Belmont’s China study abroad program has a record of innovating new components for short-term study abroad, and the summer 2015 trip was no exception.  A team a psychology majors, including Iris Chiang, Heather Dudley, Joseph Kenkel and Matthew Maloney, collected data for a psychology research project while at Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, China.

The research team has been working with Department of Psychological Science Professor Dr. Pete Giordano on developing and validating questionnaires to measure two constructs. The Global Dominance Inventory assesses social dominance orientation and domineeringness, while The Traditional Gender Roles Inventory measures beliefs about traditional masculine and feminine gender roles.

The team has worked together for a year and a half and has collected data for two semesters from Belmont study participants. The chance to cross-culturally validate the questionnaires with a sample of Chinese students at Zhengzhou University was a unique and challenging opportunity. Students worked with Dr. Giordano, as well as Assistant Professor of Chinese and Asian Language Dr. Joan Li to translate the questionnaires into Chinese.

Dr. Li coordinated with administrators in the School of Foreign Languages of Zhengzhou University to set up the research project on site. The students were able to collect data from 101 Zhengzhou University students, who completed eight questionnaires. The Belmont research team also gave a brief presentation to the students after they completed the questionnaires. The statistical analyses from this cross-cultural study thus far are very promising and provide further support for the validity and reliability of the questionnaires.  The research project was funded in part by a Bass Asian Studies Research Grant.