College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Korean Language Program

The University of Kansas offers Korean through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC).


Why Study Korean?

Korean is spoken not only by citizens of the Korean peninsula and members of the Korean diaspora, but recently also by a growing number of non-Koreans for various purposes. Korea is a relatively small country, only slightly larger than Kansas, but its population, South and North combined, is twenty-times that of Kansas. Korean is the eleventh most popular language on the globe. Spoken Korean has served the native population for all colloquial purposes for several thousand years. Although the Korean vernacular script known as han’gŭl (great writing) was invented in 1446, it has enjoyed wide-spread popularity for only about a century. Han’gŭl is easy to master, which contributes to the nearly 100% literacy among Korean citizens. While more than half of the Korean vocabulary came originally from Chinese, the structure and grammar of the language are similar to Japanese.

KU is the only institution in Kansas offering elementary to advanced Korean language courses.

Students can use Korean to fulfill a language requirement, or as part of numerous degree programs, including majors, minors and graduate degrees.

Knowledge of Korean language and culture is an asset in a wide range of careers. Students taking Korean can also apply for scholarships for language study, including FLAS Fellowships.


Available Courses

KU offers elementary through advanced coursework in Korean. See all courses taught at KU below, or check out our list of what's offered for the current semester. For placement information visit the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

 KU Korean Language Courses
KOR 104 Elementary Korean I
Five hours of class and two hours of drill in the spoken language each week. Grammar and readings in selected texts. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lee, Ji Yeon
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM ROB 159 - LAWRENCE
5 22287
LBN Yoon, Yeaseul
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 4035 - LAWRENCE
5 12250
LBN Yoon, Jeongwon
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
5 12251
LBN Yoon, Jeongwon
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
5 24039
KOR 108 Elementary Korean II
Continuation of KOR 104. Prerequisite: KOR 104. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

KOR 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Korean. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

KOR 204 Intermediate Korean I
Five hours of class and two hours of spoken drill. Readings in selected texts in modern Korean. Prerequisite: KOR 108 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Yun, Kyoim
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM WES 1015 - LAWRENCE
5 12252
LBN Jung, Yu Sun
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4074 - LAWRENCE
5 14425
LBN Jung, Yu Sun
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM WES 4014 - LAWRENCE
5 24041
KOR 208 Intermediate Korean II
Continuation of KOR 204. Prerequisite: KOR 204. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

KOR 498 Directed Readings in Korean
Readings in Korean on a subject selected by a student with the advice and direction of the instructor. Individual meetings and reports. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Lee, Ji Yeon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 20229
KOR 504 Advanced Modern Korean I
Readings in and discussion of selected modern Korean texts on various topics: history, literature, society, and language. Prerequisite: KOR 208 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lee, Ji Yeon
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4022 - LAWRENCE
F 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4022 - LAWRENCE
4 16747
KOR 508 Advanced Modern Korean II
Readings and analysis of modern or contemporary texts from various fields. Includes oral discussion and written essays. Prerequisite: KOR 504 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

KOR 562 Modern Korean Texts I
Readings and analysis of modern or contemporary texts from various fields. Includes oral discussion and written essays. Prerequisite: KOR 508 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lee, Ji Yeon
MW 09:00-09:50 AM WES 1005 - LAWRENCE
2 25573
KOR 564 Modern Korean Texts II
Continuation of KOR 562. Reading and analysis of modern or contemporary texts from various fields. Includes oral discussion and written essays. Prerequisite: KOR 562 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

KOR 598 Readings in: _____
Students will read selections from materials on a given topic or topics. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: KOR 508 or permission of instructor. IND.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


Study Abroad

KU offers opportunities to study abroad in South Korea. Some of these programs have classes taught in English, while others are opportunities for advanced language study.


Degrees

Korean language courses can be a part of many degree programs, whether used to fulfill a language requirement, or completing a major, minor or graduate degree focused on East Asia. Here are a few degree programs students frequently combine with Korean language study, but talk to your academic advisor to explore all your options.


Career Planning

  • The KU Career Center has online resources for exploring career paths for different majors. Check out the specifics for East Asian Languages and Cultures, or look at those for other majors (including those listed above.)
  • KU students can also sign up for a free account with My World Abroad, which has extensive resources on preparing for an international career, including career options, and job search tips.

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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. Read more about the CEAS M.A. Program, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, at ceasma@ku.edu or 785-864-1478.

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