Martial Arts Studies (B.A.) Degree

Earn your BA Degree in Martial Arts Studies

The University of Bridgeport is proud to be the first American institution of higher learning to offer a B.A. in Martial Arts Studies. While martial arts study at the university level has long been a part of academic life in Asia, UB’s program is unique in that it combines a wide range of liberal arts courses with martial arts practica. The program, offered through the University’s College of Public and International Affairs, explores four aspects of the martial arts:

  • Historical background and philosophical roots of the martial arts
  • Languages and cultures of the societies in which the martial arts originated and developed
  • In-depth study of at least one of the martial arts
  • Psychosocial dimensions of the martial arts and their impact upon personality and society

It has long been argued that through study of the martial arts people develop a measurable sense of accomplishment and a mastery of mind over body, contributing to greater self-esteem. Through the teacher-student relationship the martial-arts student embarks on a voyage of self discovery and learns the importance of respect and regard for others.

“The University of Bridgeport has offered me an opportunity that no other school could. Every day I wake up knowing that I made the right decision in which university to attend. Every day I wake up knowing that I will do what I love.”
–Chris O’Neill

“The University of Bridgeport has revolutionized the martial way in America.”
–Hyungmin Jun

“Despite training my whole life in Kickboxing, I have grown to respect other styles through the University of Bridgeport’s Martial Arts major. This program has broadened my horizons as a fighter and as a man.”
–Wayne Rich

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May
7
Sat
Commencement 2016 – Undergraduate and Graduate @ Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The University of Bridgeport will be celebrating its 106th Commencement Ceremony in May. Conferral of Degrees for the undergraduate and graduate candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences, Ernest C. Trefz School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, College of Public and International Affairs, Physicians Assistant Institute and undergraduates in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene Degrees will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.

This venue will enable everyone to graduate together with family and friends present (rain or shine) and allow for wonderful photo opportunities (thanks to the tiered seating).

Jun
9
Thu
Graduate Accepted Student Night @ Tower Room
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

During the event, admitted students will be able to:

• Connect with faculty and current graduate students
• Meet other accepted graduate students
• Finalize their enrollment at the University of Bridgeport

To RSVP, please email lproctor@bridgeport.edu or call 203-576-4552.

Oct
15
Sat
Academic Open Houses – Homecoming 2016 @ University of Bridgeport
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn more about UB’s many academic and student focused departments, as they open their doors to visitors from 2:00-4:00pm.

Participating departments:
Career Development
College of Public & International Affairs
More TBA!

Click here to register for all of the great events throughout Homecoming Weekend!

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