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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Mar
28
Tue
University Senate Meeting @ Carlson Hall, Room 153
Mar 28 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm
Apr
3
Mon
“A Life in Service”: Peace Corps Panel @ Carlson Hall, Room 214
Apr 3 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Join us as we hear from a panel of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from the UB and local community about stories from their service abroad and how their service has influenced what they are doing today. Pizza will be served!

Sponsored by the College of Public and International Affairs and the UB Peace Corps Prep Program.

Apr
4
Tue
Getting to Know South America – A Foreign Language Lecture & Study Abroad Fair @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Apr 4 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Join us for a lecture in Spanish by UB’s own Miguel Arroyo and Brandon LaFavor. The presentation will introduce you to South America’s geography, demographics, economics and culture. There will be headphones available so students may listen to the English translation as Miguel and Brandon give their presentation in Spanish. We will also have a special guest, Ilene Tillman from Academic Programs International (API) to talk about study opportunities in South America.

Sponsored by the Education Abroad Resource Center, Academic Programs International (API), and the College of Public and International Affairs

Apr
5
Wed
Pi Sigma Alpha Colloquium: The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution @ Tower Room, Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For the 11th consecutive year, a student-written proposal for a Chapter Activity Grant has been awarded to UB by Pi Sigma Alpha honor society. The grant of $1,200 will be used to fund “The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution,” a colloquium to be hosted at the University of Bridgeport. Three experts, including a guest from the United Nations, will participate. The grant is a highly competitive – 117 chapters applied for the grant this year. Only the top ten percent of undergraduate juniors, seniors, and graduate students are invited to join Pi Sigma Alpha, an honor society for students of political science. Please join them for a remarkable and engaging discussion of current global conflicts and the role of media in seeking resolution.

Sponsored by College of Public and International Affairs and the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society.

Apr
12
Wed
The Post-Arbitration South China Sea Disputes @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Apr 12 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

The Post-Arbitration South China Sea Disputes

CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Nancy Wei

In July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration nullified China’s South China Sea claims, but the dispute is far from being over.

Beijing and Taipei both rejected the ruling, and Philippine’s new President Duterte has shocked many by agreeing to shelve the dispute with Beijing.

How do the new developments affect Washington’s South China Sea strategy?

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

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