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Korean Minor

Applying to be a Korean Minor

You need to:

  1. See the faculty advisor.
  2. Complete an application. Applications are available in the Linguistics Department, 609 Baldy Hall.

After completing the application, attach a recent copy of your DARS report and turn it into the office. You will be notified by mail of a decision.

Acceptance Criteria

  • Completion of Korean 102 or equivalent
  • Consultation with an advisor in the Korean minor program
  • Application and DARS report

Requirements for the Minor

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in courses that count toward the minor, including the prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses are taken as needed, and placement in them is dependent on the Korean language proficiency of the student

Course Hours Title
KOR101 5 First Year, First Semester Korean
KOR102 5 Second Year, Second Semester Korean
OR KOR104** 5 Transitional Korean

**KOR104 equivalent to KOR101 + KOR102

Required Courses

Total # of credits: 22 (6 courses)

# of Course Type
2 lower-level language courses KOR201, KOR202
2 upper-level language courses KOR301, KOR302
2 Korean-related or Korean courses e.g. KOR211, KOR351-352, KOR411, KOR451
Asian Studies 220, 270,348, 394
Political Science 229

Course Description

KOR101 First-Year Korean (5)
KOR102 First-Year Korean (5)
KOR101 Prerequisites: None
KOR102 Prerequisites: KOR101 or permission of instructor

The first-year (elementary) Korean aims to help students to acquire elementary proficiency in Korean. Not open to students who have previous exposure to the Korean language. Special focus will be placed on mastering pronunciation, writing system, basic vocabulary and basic grammar used in carrying out simple real-life tasks. Students will develop the basic ability to speak, understand, read and write short sentences and paragraphs on concrete and familiar topics. Students can expect a chance to understand cultural difference and identity as well.

KOR101 Section A: Syllabus Registration
Section B: Syllabus Registration
KOR102 Syllabus


KOR104 Transitional Korean (5)
KOR104 Prerequisites: None

For students who have either 1) had previous experience with Korean but would benefit from a review before going into intermediate level courses, or 2) been exposed to Korean informally in their home setting, but who do not speak Korean fluently and who have not had any formal training in Korean, and are not literate in Korean.


KOR201 Second-Year Korean (4)
KOR202 Second-Year Korean (4)
KOR201 Prerequisites: KOR102 or permission of instructor
KOR202 Prerequisites: KOR201 or permission of instructor

The second-year (intermediate) Korean is a course designed for students who have completed one year of Korean or have the equivalent proficiency. Instructors permission is required to take these courses. The goal of the courses is to equip students with intermediate communicative skills in Korean. Students are expected to initiate and be engaged in spontaneous dialogues with little difficulty, and should be able to understand simple Korean text and compose short essays in Korean. Expansion of knowledge of grammar and vocabulary will be emphasized.

KOR201 Syllabus Registration
KOR202 Syllabus


KOR211 Introduction to Korea (3)
KOR211 Prerequisites: None

Introduces Korean culture and society, including readings and discussions of Korean history, politics, economy, art, literature, and language. Taught in English.

KOR211 Syllabus


KOR301 Third-Year Korean (4)
KOR302 Third-Year Korean (4)
KOR301 Prerequisites: KOR202 or permission of instructor
KOR302 Prerequisites: KOR301 or permission of instructor

The third-year (high-intermediate) Korean is a course designed for students who have completed first and second year Korean or have the equivalent proficiency. Instructors permission is required to take these courses. The goal of the courses is to help students to achieve advanced proficiency in Korean and become more familiar with Korean culture. Students are expected to initiate and be engaged in spontaneous conversations on various concrete and abstract topics, and to improve their skills for understanding authentic Korean texts in different genres and composing essays in Korean. Students will also expand their vocabulary, including basic Chinese characters.

KOR301 Syllabus Registration


KOR351 Korean Literature in Translation I (3)
KOR352 Korean Literature in Translation II (3)
KOR351 Prerequisites: ENG101
KOR352 Prerequisites: ENG101

Briefly introduces the historical background of Korean literature. Introduces the characteristics of all the known genres, such as oral literature, essays, novels, poetry, and drama, which have existed in the tradition of Korean literature. Involves poems and stories from before the twentieth century, but the majority of the reading is poetry, short stories, and novels in modern Korean literature. The anxiety that accompanied modernization of Korea, the anticolonial consciousness, and womens status represented and reflected in these works are the prominent themes and topics.

KOR351 Syllabus Registration


KOR411/511 Introduction to Korean Linguistics (3)
KOR411/511 Prerequisites: N

This course seeks to lay the groundwork for an understanding of how the Korean language operates. No prior knowledge of Korean is necessary, but a familiarity with basic linguistic theory is required. Students will be introduced to major phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic characteristics of Korean in light of linguistic/cognitive universals and cross-linguistic variations.

KOR411 Syllabus


KOR499 Korean Independent Study (1-8)
KOR499 Prerequisites: N

KOR499 Registration


KOR451/LAI/LIN 597 Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language (3)
KOR451/LAI/LIN 597 Prerequisites: three years of Korean language study or permission of instructor

Korean 451 is designed to help students to teach Korean as a foreign language to English speakers at the college-level. We will discuss a wide range of issues related to the teaching of Korean including

  1. goals and objectives of a Korean language program
  2. various language teaching methods and techniques and their application to the Korean teaching
  3. aspects of the Korean language that are difficult for English speakers
  4. textbooks and supplementary teaching materials
  5. designing curricula and syllabi
  6. making daily lesson plans
  7. testing and evaluation
  8. incorporating Korean culture in language classes.

Students will develop lesson plans, class activities, and exams, read and discuss selected current research articles, and give teaching demonstrations.

KOR451 Syllabus