1. Introduction
  The educational goal of the Department of Korean Studies is to train specialists for the globalization and commercialization of Korean Language and Korean Culture. In order to attain these goals the curriculum is divided into the following three stages:

  (1) Investigating and understanding the traditional thought systems of Korea and its tangible and intangible cultural heritage
  (2) Interpreting existing materials in a new way and informationizing, diversifying and commercializing them
  (3) Introducing the results of research on the world stage and contributing to the development of global society
  As the new domain of scholarship required in this age of multiculturalism and globalization, these goals will be achieved on the foundation of an overall knowledge of the humanities and an understanding of digital technology. Concretely, the curriculum comprises the two aspects of Korean culture and Korean language education, the contents of which are outlined as follows:

  (1) For the knowledge industry related to Korean culture, students will be trained in the interpretation and understanding of intangible cultural materials such as mytchs, legends, folk tales, folk archetypes, and tangible cultural materials, including the excavation and restoration of archaeological materials.
  (2) Students will be trained to take responsibility for the Korean language education to immigrants, international exchange students and overseas Koreans, who are inevitably growing in number in our multicultural era, and at the same time they will be equipped to teach Korean as a language of communication for economic and cultural exchange.

 

2. History
  2003 : Department of Korean Studies established in the College of Humanities
  2007 : Department of Korean Studies Graduate School (Formerly the Department of Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language) established with M.A. and Ph.D. programs

 

3. Careers after Graduation
   Graduates of the Korean Studies Department have achieved a 100% success rate in gaining employment after graduation and are successfully entering into a wide range of different fields.
   (1) Korean Culture: Our graduates are getting into the spotlight in a variety of fields such as broadcasting, publishing, event management, museum and art gallery curating, and cultural tourism ventures. After taking a licensing exam students can gain employment as museum curators, specialists at archaeological excavations and the preservation and restoration of cultural artifacts as well as guides for traditional culture.
   (2) Korean Language Education: Students can obtain a Korean language teaching qualification and become Korean language teachers in multicultural education centers operated by local administrations in Korea, university Korean language programs, and overseas Korean language teaching posts. Especially, students teaching overseas can become the advance guard of cultural diplomacy in an age of internationalization.
   (3) Graduate School: Students who are more interested in research and scholarship than going directly into employment can enter the Department of Korean Studies Graduate School. Students can select one of two majors, either Korean Culture or Korean Language Education by conducting research, either on the knowledge industry based on Korean culture or the theory of Korean Language Education.

 

4. Additional Special Programs
   (1) International Exchange Opportunities: Both students and professors have access to the wider academic world via exchanges with Keimyung University's Korean Studies Department's international exchange partners: The University of British Columbia, Canada, Victoria University at Wellington, New Zealand, George Mason University, USA, Brigham Young University, USA, Sweet Briar College, USA, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, Seigakuin University, Japan and Burapha University, Thailand.
   (2) Opportunities for Overseas Cultural Visits: Every year around five students are selected to receive travel expenses for overseas cultural visits lasting around fifteen days. Students draw up their own objectives and plans for the visit, and any student with at least a 3.0 GPA in the semester preceding the application may apply.
   (3) Opportunities to Experience the World Inside Korea: With one British professor specializing in Korean Studies from Oxford University, who lectures in Korean, together with international students from the United States and Europe as well as China, Japan, Vietnam and South East Asia who make up one quarter of the students in the department, the whole world can be found inside the Korean Studies Department.
   (4) Opportunities to Enjoy Korea's Beautiful Culture: Students can also study and experience Korea's traditional cultural performance arts through the traditional Korean percussion group 'Hanpan' that has been actively participating in such events as the Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Invitational Performance in Hiroshima in 2005 and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the UK in 2008.
   (5) Opportunities to Let People Know about Korea in English: By participating in the English drama group 'Fabula Koreana', students can adapt and perform dramas based on traditional Korean legends and folk tales in English together with a native speaking professor and students.

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