Program Overview

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has earned “a global reputation for excellence as a comprehensive virtual university and for focusing on the unique educational and professional development needs of adult students” over the years of its existence. The wide range of degrees and courses ensures programs meet students’ individual needs and interests. One of the school’s many degree programs is the Bachelor degree in East Asian Studies (EAS).

Through the EAS program, students gain an understanding of the history, economics, politics, cultures, and languages of East Asian countries including Korean, Japan, and China. Courses emphasize a cultural awareness and gives students the skills needed to do their own scholarly analysis of certain trends in the region. Students leave the program with a solid background knowledge that both enriches appreciation and prepares them for careers where this awareness and understanding is beneficial. Specific skills taught in the program include the ability to inform and educate others about cultural norms with a strong base in the region’s history, create opportunities for interaction and expansion within these countries’ sectors, and have culturally acceptable and appropriate interactions in a variety of settings.

UMUC requires students to complete 120 credits of coursework to earn their degree. Those credits are broken down into three sections: major classes (30 credits), general education courses (41 credits), and minor and other elective requirements (49 credits). Major classes cover topics including language, regional history, and a capstone course (Issues in East Asian Studies) in which students use the skills they have learned to analyze a current trend in East Asian culture. The degree also offers opportunity for a minor, and UMUC recommends Cybersecurity, Homeland Security, and Accounting as related options, though student are not limited to these minors.

All degree requirements can be completed online at the student’s pace and schedule, making the program very convenient for working adults. Persons interested in learning more are encouraged to contact program faculty for more information.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    The University of Maryland, University College is a public university that was founded in 1947. The main headquarters of UMUC is in Adelphi, Maryland, a town that borders College Park. UMUC is one of eleven divisions of the University of Maryland and provides quality educational opportunities for primarily non-traditional adult students. UMUC developed as a result of the popularity of evening programs for adults that were offered by the University of Maryland in the 1920’s. The University of Maryland established the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) in 1947, and in 1959 it became the University of Maryland College. The UMUC became an independent university in 1970, and in 1988 it became part of the University System of Maryland.

    The UMUC offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in professional subjects, all of which can be earned online or in hybrid formats. 


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