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Korean Language & Literature

  • Phone : +82-52-052-259-2506
  • Fax : +82-52-259-1703
  • Location : Humanities (Bldg. #14-413)
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Introduction
School of Korean Language and Literature
Our school has aged over thirty since its establishment in 1981 as the department of Korean language and literature. Currently our school offers two major tracks - Korean Language and Literature, and Korean Language and Literature for Foreign Students

Korean Language and Literature Major

With the Korean language Koreans do live. We can bring out the best in us when we are able to use our language correctly and beautifully. For this major the School aims to nurture students to equip with full and systematic knowledge of both spoken and written Korean language in order for them to display their ability as Koreans in a wide range of areas.
The courses offered are for the two main fields: the Korean language and Korean literature. Courses for Korean literature cover old and modern literature. Undergraduate students can choose any course among these three areas but graduate school students should take one field as their major. The faculty consists of nine full professors-three for the Korean language, three for old literature, and three for modern literature. The school also has one professor, the Korean language education major, to deliver quality courses for the teacher education program. Completing this program, graduates of this major can teach in secondary schools.
The Korean language courses cover three areas of phonology, grammar theories, and lexicology. The cutting edge courses like Computational Korean Linguistics and Korean Language Processing are also offered. The literature courses include literature in general as well as theories and works of poetry, novels, plays, not to mention history of old and modern literature. In addition, courses - Writing Scenarios, Writing TV Drama, Storytelling, Writing for Broadcasting – are offered to meet changes of times. A number of educationally oriented courses for the teacher education program are offered to tailor students’ needs.
Graduates can work in a variety of area- Korean language teacher in secondary schools, poet, novelist, playwright, literary critic, reporter, journalist, scripter, employee in promotion and advertisement departments. They can also contribute to the development of Korean language and literature field as teaching faculty in a college or researchers in various institutes after finishing master’s and doctorate degree courses. They can also be overseas teachers of the Korean language
The School has promoted students exchange with overseas colleges and operated the credit exchange program with the Department of Korean at Kanda University of International Studies since September 2000. Two or three students of the two universities are recipients of this program.
In this globalized world the Korean language and literature department will continue its role of educating the Korean language and in anticipating united Korea we see our responsibility will become greater ever.

Events and Extracurricular Activities

The Student Union organizes and hosts a variety of extracurricular activities. In January “Baeumteo (pre-college)” is held for freshmen, in March all years of students go on a “Modum Geori(M.T)” and in April students go on a field trip of visiting places known in Korean literature. Most importantly to celebrate Hangul Day, October 9, a host of events such as seminars, exhibitions of illustrated poems, lectures, and an evening party are held under the title of ‘Kumunin Hanmadang’.
Apart from these large scale events, students can also participate in a study oriented club activities. Starting with three clubs in 1988 there are now four- ‘Gojeon’, ‘Binari’, ‘Changjak’, ‘Hyondae Munhak Bipyong’. Gojeon is a club for studying old Korean literature, Binari for writers’ ideas, Changjak for creating literary works, and Hyondae Munhak Bipyong is for theories and criticism of modern literary. In addition seven smaller clubs like Mirr, Hanbot, Georye, Ttetgoham and others provide students with opportunities to expand their major knowledge to sports, religion, culture, and volunteering work. As such our students of this major are doing their best to keep abreast of themselves with international and informational issue in this digital world while keeping traditional Korean value.

Korean Language and Literature Major for Foreign Students

Established in 2009 this Korean Language and Literature department is where foreigners can study the Korean language and culture. This department is founded to meet growing foreigners’ interests in Korea and Koreans, which were brought to their attention in the middle of the Korean Wave(Hallyu). The courses provided are Listening, Conversation, Reading, Writing, Grammar, and traditional and modern Korean Culture. Through these we aim our students to have a high command of Korean and a deep understanding of Korean culture. As consequence they will contribute to globalization of the Korean language and culture.

Extracurricular Activities

Every March students go on a “Modum Geori(M.T)” and in April take a field trip to visit the places known in Korean literature. Twice a year they have an opportunity to take a city tour of Ulsan and Busan to better understand Korean culture.
Other activities are more focused on improving language proficiency. The one to one Korean language mentoring program is implemented to enhance foreign students’ relationships with Korean students and during the vacation a preparation class for the Korean Language Proficiency Test is conducted. In addition third and fourth year students can do an interpreting or translating job for firms in the Ulsan areas and as a result they can contribute to local community and improve their Korean skills.
The students of this major are doing their utmost to be a world leader by putting their efforts to learn the Korean language and culture and by playing a leading role of spreading what they learned to the globe.

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