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Minor in Korean

The Korean program provides students with an opportunity to concentrate on acquiring expertise in the modern Korean language and culture. The Korean minor will strengthen a student's overall skills in internationalism and provide a focus on one of the world's most important nations.

The Korean program allows students to acquire a strong working knowledge of the Korean language, culture, and society in order to broaden their horizons and sharpen their awareness of Korea in this era of internationalism and globalization. The program can help prepare students for graduate study in Korea-related fields, for work in contexts where the language and culture are pertinent, or to live and work in Korea; as informed and capable individuals equipped with appropriate intercultural skills and awareness.

Employment may also be available with import and export trade organizations, international banking houses, or U.S. companies abroad. An increasing number of domestic and multinational companies are seeking employees who have backgrounds in multicultural studies as a way of dealing with the global market. In addition, an increasing number of students and graduates are going on teach English in Korea.

 

 

Study abroad in Korea


We strongly encourage all Korean minors to study abroad, and the study abroad in Korean has been very active. Penn State's stated goal is to make studying abroad no more expensive for students and their families than a semester studying at the University Park campus. Students who wish to study abroad in Korea should look into the study abroad at Sogang University  and Yonsei University. The study abroad in Yonsei University is arranged through CIEE.  The study abroad programs are offered in spring, summer, and fall semesters at both locations. For information on scholarships and education abroad programs, please visit the Global Penn State Website.


 

 Our Director of Undergraduate Studies has developed a presentation that outlines options for Penn State undergraduates who want to major or minor in Asian Studies programs and go abroad. Find it here.


 

 

Requirements for the minor


The Korean minor requires 18 credits of study. Students must earn a C or better in all courses applied to their minor.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits minimum

 

PRESCRIBED COURSES (8 credits)

KOR 002 (4), KOR 003 (4) (Sem: 1-4)

 

ADDITIONAL COURSES (10 credits minimum)

Select 4 credits from KOR 110 IL (4), KOR 296 (1-18), KOR 299 IL (1-12) (Sem: 1-8)

Select 6 credits from KOR 401 IL (4), KOR 402 IL (4), KOR 496 (1-18), KOR 498 (1-9), KOR 499 IL (1-12) (Sem: 5-8)

KOR 120 (IL) Introduction to Korean Culture

KOR 121 (IL) Korean Popular Culture

KOR 424 (IL) (ASIA 424, CMLIT 424) Transnational Korean Literature

KOR 425 (IL) (ASIA 425, CMLIT 425) Global Korean Cinema

 

Courses offered on Korean language or content are listed below:

 

KOR 001         Level One Korean A (4)

KOR 002         Level One Korean B (4)

KOR 003         Level Two Korean A (4)

KOR 110         Level Two Korean B (4)

KOR 197         Special Topics (1-9)

KOR 296         Independent Studies (1-18)

KOR 299         (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12)

KOR 401         (IL) Level Three Korean A (4)

KOR 402         (IL) Level Three Korean B (4)

KOR 496         Independent Studies (1-18)

KOR 498         Special Topics (1-9)

KOR 499         (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12)

 

Advising

Magdalena Rohling (mmr26@psu.edu) is the undergraduate adviser for the major and minor in Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese.  She is located at 213 Ritenour Building. For walk-in hours go to 160A Burrowes Building (Tuesday 1:30-3:30, Wednesday 1:30-3:30 and Friday 9:30-11:30) make appointments, visit: http://www.la.psu.edu/advising-appt/. Select “Appointments” and click the “Advisers” link at the top of the page to view her hours for the week.


Appointments 
Please make an appointment if you need help with:
• your next semester schedule (language pre-majors and majors)
• concurrent major planning (feasibility, courses needed)
• academic difficulty
• Faculty Senate petitions (retroactive withdrawal or registration, etc.)
You may schedule an appointment through the following website:http://www.la.psu.edu/advising-appt/

 

For other information on the Korean program, please contact Sue Stewart: sxs6@psu.edu