Korean & Korean Studies
Korean & Korean Studies Program
Korean is the official language of both South Korea (The Republic of Korea) and North Korea (The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). It is spoken by 72 million people on the Korean peninsula, and another 3 million around the world. Korean is listed as a Critical Language by the US government.
Some scholars classify Korean as one of the few “language isolates” in the world—a language that has no clear connection to any other language. Others link it to Japanese and to the Altaic languages, which include Turkish and Mongolian. Korean has a unique alphabet that was invented in the fifteenth century and is still used today.
The structure of Korean is complex but logical, and the formality levels that contribute to this complexity create a type of linguistic and social richness unique to languages like Korean and Japanese. The alphabet is easy to learn—within a matter of hours you can be writing and sounding out Korean words. The rewards of learning Korean are great. Knowledge of Korean will not only enhance your career options and your access to a dynamic part of the cultural, economic, and political landscape of Asia, but being able to express yourself in this unique language will let you discover new modes of thought, communication, and culture to enrich who you are.
Korean & Korean Studies Minor
To graduate with a Korean & Korean Studies minor at the University of Utah, you must complete fifteen credits in a combination of required and elective courses. Third- and/or Fourth-year Korean and a Korean culture and literature course are required, for a total of nine credits. Two electives of three credits each complete the required fifteen credits. The required courses are currently:
- Third-Year Korean (1st Semester): KOREA 3060 (With instructor approval, KOREA 3070 may replace this.)
- Advanced Korean Reading and Composition: KOREA 4060 (KOREA 3070 may replace this.)
- Korean Culture through Literature and Film: KOREA 3100 (taught in English)
Note: If your proficiency allows you to skip Third-Year, or you take only KOREA 3070 from the first two bullet points above, you must still make up 3 credits of advanced language from any of the following options: KOREA 3200, 3700, and 4810.
15 Total Credits
Complete at least 6 credits from the following
KOREA3070 Third-Year Korean II (3)
KOREA3200 Korean for Professional and Formal Interactions (3)
KOREA3700 Situational Communication through K-Drama (3)
KOREA3903 Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum: Korean (1)
KOREA4580 Japanese Empire to Korean Wave: Popular Culture in Motion (3)
KOREA4810 Korean Class Learning Assistantship (2 - 3)
KOREA4900 Special Topics (1 - 4)
ARTH3060 Arts of Buddhism (3)
COMM3775 Korean Media and Culture (1 - 4)
ETHNC3880 Asian Pacific American Women (3)
ETHNC4600 Asian Pacific American History (3)
HIST4510 Asia in the World (3)
HIST4560 Asian American History (3)
HIST4780 The Korean War (3)
HIST4865 Gender, Race, and Empire in Asia (3)
POLS3510 Politics of Asia (3)
POLS5480 International Relations of East Asia (3)
15 Total Credits
- All courses must be passed with a C or better.
At least 6 credits of minor requirements must be taken in residence at the University of Utah
Non-language electives can include most courses that carry a 25% or more Korean component. Some of these are listed in the chart below. For certain courses, you will need the approval of program faculty. For questions about the eligibility of courses not listed below, or of courses taken outside the U, please consult with program faculty.
For placement in the right class, please contact the instructor of the course that seems closest to your proficiency level. Please note that FLATS results cannot be used for placement in Korean at the U of U.
Restricted to students with no or minimal previous formal or informal training in Korean. Development of proficiency in receptive and productive skills, and beginning understanding of Korean culture. Comprehending and creating with the language at the sentence level and handling simple everyday-life situations.
Prerequisites: B- or better in KOREA 1010 OR instructor consent
This course builds on Beginning Korean I and offers further development of proficiency in receptive and productive skills, and beginning knowledge of Korean culture. Course work involves comprehending and creating with the language at the sentence level and handling simple everyday situations. Please note that KOREA 2600 (Beginning Conversation) is a co-requisite for this course.
Prerequisites: B- or better in KOREA 1020 or instructor consent
This course builds on Beginning Korean and offers continued development of skills in all areas. Course work involves moving into paragraph-level language, producing factual descriptions and narratives, and practicing skills for more complicated everyday-life situations. Please note that KOREA 3600 (Intermediate Conversation I) is a co-requisite for this course.
This course is designed for students who have completed 1010 to 2020, and as the first course for students who learned the language during residence in Korea. The aim is increased proficiency in reading, composition, and speaking in different levels of formality and with greater cultural nuance.
This course continues from KOREA 3060, with the additional goal of beginning proficiency in Chinese characters used in Korean (Hanja, Hanmun). Pending instructor approval, students who have not taken 3060 may register for this course.
This course is designed to help the intermediate or advanced speaker of Korean speak with more polish and confidence in professional or formal situations. The course will introduce vocabulary and conversation particular to the typical workplace and to other situations of formal interaction, with special emphasis on using formal and deferential speech. Relevant non-linguistic etiquette and cultural protocol will also be addressed. Heritage speakers welcome.
Fourth-year Korean language course aimed at reinforcing and advancing language skills through the use of readings and discussion, with written assignments linked to course content.
This course consists of assisting instructors and students in and outside class for first- to fourth-year Korean language courses. Work includes assisting with activities in class, providing tutoring hours outside class, preparing materials, and assisting with homework evaluation. Interested students must submit an application to the instructor of the class in which they wish to assist. An application consists of a short letter of interest in both English and Korean, and a resume. Applicants who pass the first screening will be interviewed for a final decision, and successful applicants will be given an add code to register for the course.
FLAS Scholarships in Korean
The Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS) is provided by the Asia Center. For FAQs, application, and other information on the FLAS scholarship, click the button below.
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