Korean Studies

Korean Studies Major | Korean Studies Minor | Faculty

The Korean Studies program provides students with a solid foundation in Korean language skills and knowledge of Korea’s history, literature, culture and religions. The program is based on the premise that both contemporary and historic understanding of Korea, its interrelations with larger East Asia and its global importance today cannot not be fully grasped without a deep understanding of its language, history, social systems and culture. Hence, the program aims to provide students with not only language training, but also a solid understanding of how Korean societies and people actually functioned and interacted with other cultures in both the premodern and contemporary periods. The wide range of courses is designed to introduce various aspects of Korean Studies and provide students with the knowledge necessary for business, professional or academic endeavors. DAAAS offers a master of arts field, major and minor in Korean Studies. 

The Korean Studies major consists of 11 courses:

Language Requirements

Students are required to successfully complete the following four language courses: KOR 203 Intermediate Korean I; KOR 204 Intermediate Korean II; KOR 305 Advanced Reading and Comprehension I; KOR 306 Advanced Reading and Comprehension II. (Note: KOR 101 Elementary Korean I and KOR 102 Elementary Korean II provide the basic linguistic knowledge and skills required to begin the major, but do not count towards the major.) After consultation and proficiency test assessment administered by Korean Program faculty, students who already demonstrate competence at any of the required levels of the Korean language may waive part or all of the language requirements. Waived Korean language courses will not count toward the major and must be replaced with other Korean Studies courses to bring the total number of courses to eleven.

Elective Courses

Students choose six of the courses listed below (or other approved courses as they become available). Students are also required to successfully complete one course designated as Asian American and Diaspora Studies. 

  • AAAS 211 Korean Civilization
  • AAAS 218 Structure of Korean
  • AAAS 221 Korea Beyond the Peninsula
  • AAAS 240 Korean Literature and Culture (pre-20th cent.)
  • AAAS 242 20th Century Korean Literature in Translation
  • KOR  306 Advanced Korean II
  • AAAS 311 Language, Culture and Society in Korea
  • AAAS 313 Religions and Culture of Korea
  • AAAS 340 Readings in Korean Literature
  • AAAS 360 Korean History (Ancient-19th Century)
  • AAAS 361 Korea in the Age of Empire, 1876-1945
  • AAAS 362 Divided Korea
  • AAAS 363 Gender, Culture and Korean Society
  • AAAS 385 Korean Politics through Cinema
  • KOR  411 Professional Korean I
  • KOR  412 Professional Korean II
  • AAAS 414 Economic Development in East Asia
  • AAAS 439 East Asian Linguistics
  • AAAS 449 Pedagogy for East Asian Languages—Korean
  • AAAS 431 Confucianism and Korea
  • AAAS 432 Women in Korean History
  • AAAS 463 Medicine and Body in East Asia

In addition:

  • Two 400 level courses, at least one of which must be in the major. These courses must: 1) be taught by DAAAS faculty; 2) be non-language courses; and 3) be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.
  • At least two additional elective courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.
  • At least six courses must be taken at Binghamton University.
  • No more than one course may be an independent study.
  • No more than one course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • A letter grade of C or better is necessary for a course to count toward the major.

 

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Korean Studies Minor

The Korean minor consists of three required language courses and three Korean Studies elective courses. At least three of these six courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. There are three required Korean language courses: KOR 203 (Intermediate Korean I), 204 (Intermediate Korean II) and KOR 305 (Advanced Korean I).

Language Requirements:  KOR 203 (Intermediate Korean I), KOR 204 (Intermediate Korean II) and KOR 305 (Advanced Reading and Composition I) (Note:  KOR 101 Elementary Korean I and KOR 102 Elementary Korean II provide the basic linguistic knowledge and skills required to begin the minor but do not count towards the minor.) After consultation and proficiency test assessment administered by Korean Program faculty, students who demonstrate competence at any of the required levels of the Korean language may waive part or all of the language requirements.  Waived Korean language courses will not count toward the minor and must be replaced with other Korean Studies courses to bring he total number of courses up to six.

 Three Korean Studies Elective Courses from the following list (or others Korean Studies courses as they become available).

  • AAAS 211 Korean Civilization
  • AAAS 218 Structure of Korean
  • AAAS 221 Korea Beyond the Peninsula
  • AAAS 240 Korean Literature and Culture: Pre-20th century
  • AAAS 242 20th Century Korean Literature in Translation
  • KOR  306 Advanced Korean II
  • AAAS 310 Language, Culture, Society in Korea
  • AAAS 313 Religions and Cultures of Korea
  • AAAS 340 Readings in Korean Literature
  • AAAS 360 Korean History Ancient through 19th Century
  • AAAS 361 Korea in the Age of Empire
  • AAAS 362 Divided Korea
  • KOR  411 Korean for Professionals I
  • KOR  412 Korean for Professionals II
  • AAAS 414 Economic Development: East Asia
  • AAAS 439 East Asian Linguistics
  • AAAS 449 Pedagogy of East Asian Languages: Korean
  • AAAS 431 Confucianism and Korea
  • AAAS 432 Women in Korean History
  • AAAS 463 Medicine and Body in East Asia

In addition:

  • Only one course may be taken as an independent study.
  • Only one course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • At least four courses must be taken at Binghamton University.
  • A letter grade of C or better is necessary for a course to count toward the minor.

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Last Updated: 2/24/15