*Not a baccalaureate degree program
Korean is ranked the 11th among 3,000 languages in terms of the number of speakers, being spoken by more than 77 million people, 48 million of whom live in South Korea. South Korea has experienced rapid economic growth and development and is considered an Asian economic powerhouse. The Korean curriculum provides a solid foundation for an understanding and appreciation of the rich culture of Korea. The language and culture courses offered are useful to students who aspire to an East Asia-related academic or professional career in education, government, communications, or business, as well as in other fields in the United States or abroad. The curriculum of the Korean program includes courses designed to develop competence in spoken and written Korean through the advanced level, courses on Korean culture, linguistics, and pedagogy.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the students are expected to:
- Intermediate level proficiency in Korean in the four areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing,
- Cultural knowledge and understanding desired for the target level of proficiency.
- Intercultural communication skills.
The Korean program offers a small lecture courses with features of recitations/practice sessions to allow students’ active interaction and participation in the target language; we do not offer online courses although online materials are used to supplement the classroom instruction. The advanced undergraduate content courses are combined with graduate offerings, allowing undergraduates to get early exposure to graduate-style coursework. Faculty also offer independent studies for students interested in areas that do not match the program's regular offerings. The program provides a capstone experience for students to work on a senior project under the guidance of a faculty advisor. It also offers an internship course for students who are interested in teaching Korean as a foreign language.
The Korean Program is in the Department of Linguistics, which is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces, some of which is used as a tutoring room for languages. The program also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus that are technology-equipped to facilitate language and culture instruction and activities. Members of the faculty have offices in Baldy Hall for office hours and individual meetings.
The faculty of the Korean Program include a tenured full-time faculty, who is specializing in Korean Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, a full-time lecturer, and three graduate teaching assistants. The faculty director oversees the program, ensuring the deliverance of our learning outcomes as well as teaching advanced level language and content courses, and the lecturer and TAs teach lower-level language courses. The faculty of the Linguistics department includes nationally and internationally known and respected scholars, with diverse backgrounds and interests.
Please visit the Linguistics Department website for additional information about our faculty.
Students who minor in Korean find job opportunities in international business, government service, non-governmental organizations, and the arts. Some go on to professional schools in such fields as management, finance, medicine, education, diplomacy, and law. Others pursue graduate degrees in Korean Studies or other disciplines and enter Korea-related academic careers. Students who combine the minor in Korean with another field through a double major, joint major, or minor may be particularly well suited for jobs that require professional training coupled with language ability and cultural understanding of Korea.
Academic Advising within Linguistics is done by the Directors of Undergraduate Studies. There are Directors assigned to Linguistics and the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean language programs. Students with questions about degrees within Linguistics should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics, and those with questions about the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean programs should consult with the Directors in charge of those programs. Students interested in one of the Languages and Linguistics concentrations within the Linguistics major are welcome to consult with either the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics or the Director in charge of the relevant language program.
The Director of the Korean Program is Dr. EunHee Lee. Her office hours are regularly posted outside her office, 605 Baldy Hall. The most effective way to reach her outside of office hours is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including: