The Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies program at University of Maryland Global Campus provides an overview of the history, economics, politics, culture, and languages of the East Asian region, including China, Korea, and Japan. You’ll examine East Asia’s rich past and continuing contributions to the global community. This program is ideal for those who live or work in East Asia, know East Asian languages, or regularly interact with people from East Asian countries.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Interpret, communicate, educate, and advise others based on your understanding, research, and analysis of the social, historical, and cultural contexts of East Asia
  • Use your knowledge of East Asia to identify, create, facilitate, and promote opportunities for interaction and cooperation between East Asia and the global community
  • Apply your knowledge of East Asian diversity, values, and expectations to perform in a culturally appropriate way in personal and professional settings
  • Write and speak an East Asian language, integrating interpersonal skills and cultural knowledge

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Create a presentation to raise awareness and educate others about various aspects of East Asian culture, history, and politics
  • Create a presentation in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean that demonstrates an ability to speak, read, and write the language
  • Write a research paper about a specific subject using primary source material

East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • ASTD 284
  • ASTD 285
  • PHIL 348
  • ASTD 485
  • East Asian language courses (9 credits): Courses designated CHIN or JAPN and numbered 111, 112, 114, or higher
  • Upper-level East Asian content courses (9 credits): ASTD, CHIN, JAPN, KORN, Asian HIST, and Asian GVPT courses and ANTH 417 apply (focused study in China or Japan recommended; see Degree Focus tab)

Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

China Focus

  • HIST 480
  • ASTD 370
  • ANTH 417

Japan Focus

  • HIST 482
  • JAPN 333
  • ANTH 417

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a range of careers that require a broad understanding of the culture and region in areas such as translation, teaching, journalism, analysis, and nonprofit field work.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is ideal for those who live or work in East Asia, know East Asian languages, or regularly interact with people from East Asian countries.