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Korea University

COLLEGE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES & GRADUATE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Bachelor of Global Korean Studies

General Information

Korea University’s College of International Studies is proud to present a new, specialized degree program for Korea-centric social sciences, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Global Korean Studies. Located within the newly established Division of Global Korean Studies (DGKS), the degree program was launched in the spring semester of 2022. This ambitious program is geared towards both international and Korean students. Unlike many Korean studies programs, Global Korean Studies (GKS) focuses on fostering a social scientific understanding of Korea. The program is designed to help students explore Korea in its regional and global contexts and develop an in-depth interdisciplinary understanding of Korea from the viewpoints of political science, law, economics, and sociology. After four years of study, successful students will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Global Korean Studies.

 

GKS offers three core areas for students to focus your knowledge and skills: International Commerce and Business, International Cooperation, and Culture, Civilization, Society. As the names suggest, the first focuses on Korea's role in international trade and commodity chains; the second explores Korea's relations with other countries, including the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK); and the third considers social structures and issues through the media of cultural practice and historical change. Enterprising students are also recommended to take advantage of Korea University's double major and minor systems to develop and demonstrate an even stronger disciplinary focus. Korea University offers students a high level of flexibility when it comes to combining their major with other disciplines. Many GKS students choose a double degree and thus link Global Korean Studies with a second major (e.g., Business Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Media Studies). By doing so, they can specialize further in a particular discipline while developing their Korean studies profile. Students will then graduate with two Bachelor’s degrees (e.g., B.A. in Global Korean Studies and B.A. in Business Administration).

 

GKS also offers opportunities to foster your linguistic competence in Korean and English, as appropriate and desired. For international students, Korean language classes are designed to both parallel and build your language ability. A wide range of English language classes are also available to those who are more comfortable in English and those who wish to strengthen their English language skills. Korean students can focus on building strong linguistic competence in English through the GKS program. Pursuing both languages will help GKS graduates secure a place in international society.

 

Studying at GKS will position our students as global leaders in shaping Korea's global future. And we are proud to help our students develop the skills and knowledge they will need.

 

 

Curriculum Structure

KU DGKS students need to complete a minimum total of 130 credits in order to graduate (see table below). These include 30 credits in general education, 57 credits in major courses (DGKS courses), and 43 credits in general courses (DGKS or other departments). Students who do a double degree (second major or interdisciplinary major) need to take only 36 credits in major courses (DGKS courses), and have to obtain additional credits from the second major instead.

 

Curriculum Structure
Classification Specification Course Title and Number Credit
General
Education
Common
General
Education
GELI003
GELI004
Liberty Justice Truth I
Liberty Justice Truth II
3
3
6
GEWR001 College Writing 2 2
IFLS011
IFLS012
Academic English I
Academic English II
1
1
2
GEKS005
GEKS006
Freshman Seminar I
Freshman Seminar II
1
1
2
GECT001 Informative Thinking 1 1
Sub-total 13
Core General
Education
World Cultures 3
Historical Investigation
Literature and Arts
Ethics & Ideas
Sociological Studies 3
Science and Technology
Digital Innovation & Humanity
Sub-total 6
Electives  Secondary Foreign Language I and II 6
Electives of General Education 5
Sub-total 11
Total 30
Major
Courses
1st Major Required 9
Required Elective 6
Elective 21
Sub-total 36
Intensive
Major
Required 0
Elective 21
Sub-total 21
Total 57
General Courses 43
TOTAL CREDITS 130

 

 

Courses offered at KU DGKS (Major Courses)

All students at KU DGKS are required to take the following major course:

  • Major Required Courses
    • GKSS101 Understanding Global Korean Studies
    • GKSS102 Korea in World Politics
    • GKSS201 Korea in World Economy
  • Major Required Elective Courses (Choose 2 out of 4 courses)
    • GKSS202 Readings for Global Korean Studies I
    • GKSS302 Readings for Global Korean Studies II
    • GKSS401 Seminar in Global Korean Studies I
    • GKSS402 Seminar in Global Korean Studies II

 

Courses
Specialization Grade Course Name
International
Relations
Cooperation
Freshman Korea in World Politics        
Sophomore Understandi-ng East Asian Civilization Urbanization and Industrializati-on in East Asia      
Junior Global Korean and Its Foreign Relations South-North Korean Relations Politics and Economy in North Korea    
Senior International Development and the Korean Experience Korean Diaspora Abroad, Foreign Minorities Within      
International
Commerce
Business
Sophomore Introduction to Data Science for Korean Studies Korea in World Economy Mass Media and Popular Culture in Korea (School of Media&Comm-unication)    
Junior Korea and Global Corporations Understandin-g Korean Trade Understanding Business Management of Korea Entertainme-nt Industries (School of Media&Com-munication)  
Senior Issues in Korean Economy        
Culture
Civilization
Society
Freshman Understandi-ng Global Korean Studies Global Korean Civilization1      
Sophomore Qualitative Inquiry into Korea Global Korean Civilization2 Understanding Korean Society Global Korean Culture1 Readings for Global Korean Studies1
Traditional Korean Culture Understandin-g Seoul      
Junior Issues in Korean Society1,2 Urbanization and Industrialization in East Asia Special Topics in Global Korean Studies1 Global Korean Culture2 Readings for Global Korean Studies2
Democracy in Korea Civil Society in Globalizing Korea      
Senior Korean Cultural Diplomacy Seminar in Global Korean Studies1,2 Special Topics in Global Korean Studies2,3