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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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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