Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Korean

Korean is the official language of North and South Korea and is spoken by around 78 million people worldwide. Most linguists consider Korean to be a language isolate (one not descended from any common language family) although some believe it to be similar to Altaic languages. For much of its history, the Korean writing system used adapted Chinese characters called hanja, but in the 15th century, a national writing system called hangul was commissioned by Sejong the Great. Previously the study of Korean in the U.S. has been dominated by Korean language heritage speakers, but in recent years this group has become much more diverse due to growing interest in South Korean music and television.

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Lower-Division Courses

KOR 604, Accelerated First-Year Korean

Designed for students who understand or speak but do not read or write Korean. Not open to native speakers of Korean. Six class hours a week for one semester. Korean 604 and 606 may not both be counted; Korean 604 and 607 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Results on the placement examination in Korean that indicate that the student is ineligible to receive credit for Korean 607.

KOR 606, First-Year Korean I

Not open to native speakers of Korean. Five class hours a week for one semester. Korean 604 and 606 may not both be counted.

KOR 607, First-Year Korean II

Not open to native speakers of Korean. Continuation of Korean 606. Five class hours a week for one semester. Korean 604 and 607 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Korean 606 with a grade of at least C.

KOR 612, Accelerated Second-Year Korean

Not open to native speakers of Korean. Continuation of Korean 604. Six class hours a week for one semester. Korean 612 and 312K may not both be counted; Korean 612 and 312L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Korean 604 with a grade of at least C.

KOR 312K, Second-Year Korean I

Not open to native speakers of Korean. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Korean 612 and 312K may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Korean 607 with a grade of at least C.

KOR 312L, Second-Year Korean II

Not open to native speakers of Korean. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Korean 612 and 312L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Korean 312K with a grade of at least C.

Upper-Division Courses

KOR 320K, Third-Year Korean I

Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Korean 612 or 312L with a grade of at least C.

KOR 320L, Third-Year Korean II

Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Korean 320K with a grade of at least C.

KOR 330, Topics in Advanced Korean

Fourth-year Korean readings on special topics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Korean 320L with a grade of at least C.

KOR 360, Conference Course in Korean Language and Literature

Supervised individual study of selected problems in Korean language or literature. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Korean 312L and written consent of instructor on form obtained from the undergraduate adviser.