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The University of Washington is one of the few places in the United States that offers undergraduate and graduate training in Korean studies in a variety of disciplines. Courses are offered in Korean language, history, society, politics, and literature. The language program offers three full years of instruction in the modern language and in advanced reading. The history courses examine the full range of the Korean experience, from the origins of the Korean people in the archaeological record to contemporary times, while courses in anthropology and political science focus more on the 20th and 21st centuries.
The objective of the program is to provide students with a broad background which will be of use to them in a variety of professions, such as teaching, business and government. Through this program, students can prepare for graduate work in Asian studies, or in such disciplines as anthropology, political science, comparative literature, sociology, and history.
The program emphasizes the study of Korea in the context of East Asian and Asian civilization and the modern world economy, not simply as a single country in isolation from its neighbors. Students are encouraged to take related courses on China, on Japan, and in international studies, so that they will emerge from their experience at the University with comprehensive training.
The B.A. degree is designed as preparation for graduate work in a discipline department or as a terminal degree for work in business, government, journalism, secondary school teaching, or similar career activity.
- Clark Sorensen
Chair, Korea Studies
Any undergraduate in good standing may declare Asian Studies (Korea concentration) as a major.
30 credits or equivalent Korean language training through the 2nd year college level; additional training recommended.
*The list of courses approved for the Korea Option is available online as noted above, and current course offerings are also available through the link below:
30 credits, to include the following:
JSIS A/HSTAS 212 (5 credits)
One introductory Asian civilization course chosen from JSIS 203 (Rise of Asia), JSIS A 207 (Asian Traditions), JSIS A/HSTAS 241, JSIS A 242 (Japan), JSIS A/HSTAS 221 (Southeast Asia), HSTAS 201, JSIS A/HSTAS 202, JSIS A 206 (South Asia), HSTAS 211 (China) (5 credits)
20 credits of electives, 15 of which must be taken at the UW, to include: (a) 10 credits chosen from the list of core courses*; (b) 5 credits chosen from the list of core courses or the list of electives*;
(c) 5 additional credits in Korean language beyond second-year level, or in upper division transfer courses on Korea, or from the lists of core courses and electives.*
Minimum grade of 2.0 required in each course applied toward the minor.
*Lists of approved core and elective courses: follow this link.
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