Hone your communication skills, cultural knowledge, and historic perspective in this unique degree program.
This program 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 program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
This program is also available as a minor.
About the East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree
Through your courses, you'll gain an understanding of East Asia based on both expanded cultural awareness and scholarly analysis and build a foundation of knowledge that enriches your appreciation of the area. The multidisciplinary curriculum covers culture, history, society, and the language of the region.
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
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
This program requires 30 credits of coursework in the major.
- 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)
Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.
- HIST 480
- ASTD 370
- ANTH 417
- HIST 482
- JAPN 333
- ANTH 417
This program requires 49 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.
General Education Requirements
This program requires 41 credits of general education coursework.
Research and Computing Literacy
- PACE 111C or other PACE 111 course
(to be taken in first 6 credits)
- LIBS 150, CAPL 398A, or other general education elective
- CMIS 111 or another computing course appropriate to the academic major
- WRTG 111 or other writing course
- WRTG 112
- SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course
- WRTG 391 or other advanced upper-level writing course
- MATH 105 or other approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities
- HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
- HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Sciences
- ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
- BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
Biological and Physical Sciences
- One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
- BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
- NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
- Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
- GEOL 100 or other science lecture course
Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.
Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements
In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.
- You must complete a minimum of 120 credits.
- You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor.
- Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMGC:
- 30 credits (normally the final 30)
- Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
- 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
- At least 45 credits must be upper level and include at least half of the credits required for the major. The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum.
- At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework.
Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.
Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMGC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.
Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.
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.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Department of State