East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies is a 12-course, multidisciplinary degree program designed for current and future professionals who require an in-depth understanding of this pivotal engine of the world political economy. The curriculum is intended to equip students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to conduct research and interpret developments in the Pacific Rim, as well as develop a foundation in an East Asian language. The program is highlighted by practical hands-on training. As a capstone experience, students complete an overseas internship.

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The program prepares students with the crucial background needed for a successful career in this emerging region, whether in business, government or academia. Students may choose from four area concentrations. Students develop an understanding of the political, economic and social issues of East Asia as well as an understanding of the role that language and culture play in its growing political economy.

Students accepted into the program may choose one of four concentrations:

Negotiation and Diplomacy
International Political Economy and Development
Global Management
Global Communication



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UB and the City of Bridgeport: Rebirth of a Partnership Through Experiential Learning @ Tower Room
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A Media Campaign for the New Downtown Bridgeport

Featuring Prof. Susan Katz and her students

Mass Communication and Graphic Design students present their semester-long marketing campaign filled with press/pr, art/design, video/photography, and social media.

As part of the Publicity Methods class, students created The Bridge theme to promote the New Downtown Bridgeport through the production of professional media collateral.

It’s real-world, hands-on, and portfolio-driven.

Join Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, Bridgeport officials, President Neil Salonen, President Emeritus Richard Rubenstein, Provost Stephen Healey, Provost Emeritus Hans van der Giessen, Dean Thomas Ward and these spectacular students for the Publicity Methods class final presentation.

Contact Susan Katz at skatz@bridgeport.edu or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Kadir Akyuz @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Dec 8 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Prominent Islamic Scholars, Islamic Jihad, Terrorism and Jus in Bello

Led by Professor Kadir Akyuz

It has long been debated whether religions lead people to commit indiscriminate violence and terrorist acts.

Several Islamic scholars are believed to provide the ideological framework to many Islamist terrorist organizations.

This presentation will discuss the thoughts and teachings of the Islamic scholars that are associated with the use of violence in the context of “jus ad bellum” and “jus in bello.”

Contact Susan Katz at skatz@bridgeport.edu or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Mohammed Al-Azdee @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Feb 23 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

The Arab Spring: Beyond Media Effects

Led by Professor Mohammed Al-Azdee

Learn about the study that examines primary and secondary data from the 22 nations of the Arab League.

It presents an equation that offers insight into why protests emerged in some countries during the Arab Spring.

Contact Susan Katz at skatz@bridgeport.edu or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

CPIA Roundtable with Dean Thomas Ward @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Mar 16 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Colonization in Hindsight: The View from Taiwan

Led by Dean Thomas Ward

Japan annexed both Taiwan (1895) and Korea (1905) into its Empire.

This presentation will look at the experiences that resulted in sharp differences in the attitude that the two have towards Japan today.

Contact Susan Katz at skatz@bridgeport.edu or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

Graduate Information Session – Waterbury @ Waterbury Center
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Students interested in graduate programs at the University of Bridgeport are welcome to join us at our Waterbury location for information regarding the application process and program details.

The graduate programs represented will include those in:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Counseling
  • Public and International Affairs

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