1. Introduction
  The Department of Korean language and literature is charged with nurturing capable individuals who can take part in the process of developing national and global culture through the study of the Korean language and its accompanying literature and who can lead the efforts for the globalization of Korean studies in the 21st century.
The study of the Korean language through an examination of linguistic theories and the detailed study of Korean literature, both classic and contemporary is of great importance for the youngnam region. Students at the department of Korean language and literature utilize a number of creative activities in learning groups, for instance, 'meeting for the study of the Korean language', 'meeting for national literature', 'meeting entitled <from Halla to Baekdu> for creative writing', 'editorial meetings' all of which were designed not only for social actives but also for the development of their career after graduation from university.

 

2. History
   The Department of Korean language and literature was established in 1964. Since then, there have been a total of 2,500 alumni. The department was founded with the intention of fostering the skills necessary to develop persons with a deep understanding of the Korean language and its literature and promote a strong national spirit.
After the Korean language and literature course was established in 1968, a number of our graduates have gone on to become teachers in middle and high schools. A Master of arts course followed in 1972. The program was completed with the opening of a Doctoral course in 1974. Currently, more them 180 alumni from the Master's and Doctoral courses teach and study at a variety of research institutes and universities.
The faculty at the department of Korean language and literature endeavor to teach and research the numerous aspects of Korean language and literature in order to take the field of Korean Studies to a higher level.

 

3. Educational objectives
   We are now living in an age of information, where culture is transmitted globally. In such an age, it is important to have an understanding of all of the different cultures and arts of the world.
Before we can understand the cultures and arts of other countries, we have to know and appreciate our own culture and arts. A lack of understanding of our culture leads to a loss of identity.
The Korean language and literary works are the cornerstones of Korean culture and arts. Graduates of Korean language and literature should have a fundamental and deep understanding of the field.
One of department's objectives is to develop graduates who are international in outlook but also appreciate their national identity and the importance of transmitting Korean Language and literature to the world. Another objective of the department of Korean language and literature is to foster specialists who can become teachers in middle and high schools, publishers, journalists in newspaper and in broadcast media and teachers of Korean as a foreign language.

 

4. Career options upon graduation
   There are many paths available for students upon graduation, for instance, teachers in middle and high schools, publishers, journalists, announcers, radio and T.V. program makers, advertisement copywriters, writers, teachers in academies of Korean language, etc.
Students who wish to pursue a scholarly career have the option of entering our post-graduate programs.

 

5. Other special programs
   1) Study Tour and Spring Educational Excursion
These are special programs in May and October for students to practice what they learned from their lectures.
2) White Clothes Festival
'White clothes festival' is a seminar, which gives students an opportunity to discuss and debate the annual scientific achievements of six study groups in the department of Korean language and literature.

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