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Online Bachelor's Degree

East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies
Bachelor of Arts
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $324 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Hone your communication skills and cultural knowledge in this unique degree program.

In the online bachelor's program in East Asian studies at UMGC, you’ll examine East Asia's rich past and continuing contributions to the global community. The program provides an overview of the history, economics, politics, culture, and languages of the region, which includes China, Korea, and Japan. The curriculum, designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, combines theories with practical skills that will be valuable if you live or work in East Asia, know East Asian languages, or regularly interact or work with people from East Asian countries.

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses: 30 Credits

  • (3 Credits, ASTD 284)
  • (3 Credits, ASTD 285)
  • (3 Credits, PHIL 348)
  • (3 Credits, 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 (3 Credits, ANTH 417) apply (focused study in China or Japan recommended)

Degree Focus

To align with the 9-credit upper-level requirement listed above, we recommend you choose from one of the following groups of classes below to align with your career interests:

China Focus
  • (3 Credits, HIST 480)
  • (3 Credits, ASTD 370)
  • (3 Credits, ANTH 417)
Japan Focus
  • (3 Credits, HIST 482)
  • (3 Credits, JAPN 333)
  • (3 Credits, ANTH 417)

General Education Courses: 41 Credits

Review the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees.

Minor and Elective Courses: 49 Credits

Review a list of available academic minors or see the course catalog or Schedule of Classes to help you select elective courses.

Sequence Course Requirement(s) Fulfilled
1 (3 Credits, PACE 111C) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
2 (1 Credit, LIBS 150) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
3 (3 Credits, WRTG 111) General Education: Communication
4 (3 Credits, IFSM 201) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
5 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
China: (3 Credits, CHIN 111)
Japan: (3 Credits, JAPN 111)
6 (3 Credits, NUTR 100) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
7 (3 Credits, ASTD 284) Major
8 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
China: (3 Credits, CHIN 112)
Japan: (3 Credits, JAPN 112)
9 (3 Credits, SPCH 100) General Education: Communication
10 (3 Credits, MATH 105) General Education: Math
11 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
China: (3 Credits, CHIN 114)
Japan: (3 Credits, JAPN 114)
12 (3 Credits, WRTG 112) General Education: Communication
13 (3 Credits, ASTD 285) Major
14 (3 Credits, HUMN 100) General Education: Arts & Humanities
15 (4 Credits, BIOL 103) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
16 (3 Credits, BEHS 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
17 (3 Credits, ARTH 334) General Education: Arts & Humanities
18 3-credit elective course Elective
19 (3 Credits, ECON 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
20 (3 Credits, PHIL 348) Major
21 3-credit elective course Elective
22 3-credit elective course Elective
23 3-credit elective course Elective
24 3-credit elective course Elective
25 (3 Credits, WRTG 391) General Education: Communication
26 3-credit elective course Elective
27 3-credit elective course Elective
28 3-credit elective course Elective
29 (3 Credits, HIST 480) or (3 Credits, HIST 482) Major
30 3-credit elective course Elective
31 3-credit elective course Elective
32 (3 Credits, ASTD 370) or (3 Credits, JAPN 333) Major
33 3-credit elective course Elective
34 3-credit elective course Elective
35 (3 Credits, ANTH 417) Major
36 3-credit elective course Elective
37 3-credit elective course Elective
38 3-credit elective course Elective
39 3-credit elective course Elective
40 (3 Credits, ASTD 485) Major
41 (1 Credit, CAPL 398A) Elective

Search Course Catalog

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2024–2025 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each bachelor’s degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all bachelor’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

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

Amandine Y., Manhattan, KS

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