Asian Studies – Major

Asian Studies – Korea Concentration – Major and Minor

Paull Shin Korea Studies Program

The Paull Shin Korea Studies Program focuses on Korea within the broader context of East Asia. While it concentrates on the history, society, and language of Korea, courses on China and Japan are also an important part of the curriculum. In addition, visiting professors in other disciplines regularly complement the resident faculty.

See a student profile of a Jackson School major’s in-depth study of contemporary Korean dramas.

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Major in Korea Studies

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 203 or
JSIS A 207
Rise of Asia or Asian Traditions 5 Autumn
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
HSTAS 212 History of Korean Civilization 5 Autumn
2nd Asian Civilization Course One Asian Civilization course chosen from: HSTAS 201, 202, 211, JSIS A  206, 221, 241, 242, 254, RELIG 202 5 Varies
JSIS A/ ANTH 448 Modern Korean Society 5 Autumn
HSTAS 481 or JSIS A 466 History of Traditional Korea or Comparative Politics and Korea Studies 5 Varies
HSTAS 482 History of Modern Korea 5 Varies
Korea Electives
3-400 level
Choose from approved upper-level electives
Korea Electives List
Current Quarter Courses
15 Varies
Research Paper Asian Research Paper written with Jackson School Professor 15 pgs.
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
Korean Language Proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level.(For first- and second-year language courses, grades must average 2.00)
Total Credits (not including language):  50

Minor in Korea Studies

30 credits, to include the following:

  1. JSIS A/HSTAS 212 and one additional introductory Asian civilization course from those listed above (10 credits)
  2. 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 and electives*
  3. Minimum grade of 2.0 required in each course applied toward the minor.

JSIS & Affiliate Korea Studies Faculty

Korea Studies Courses

Quarterly Course Lists

Korea Studies Major Electives

No more than 10 credits from:

  • KOREAN 411 Readings in Contemporary Korean 
  • KOREAN 412 Readings in Contemporary Korean 
  • KOREAN 413 Readings in Contemporary Korean 
  • KOREAN 415 Social Science Literature in Korean 1-5 
  • KOREAN 416 Readings in Korean Literature 
  • KOREAN 417 Readings in Korean Journals 

* A maximum of 5 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be allowed in the 30 credits of Korea/East Asia coursework in the Concentration.

Korea Studies Minor Elective Lists

Korea Core Courses

Korea Elective Courses