Korean Minor

Department of Asian Studies

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New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

I Jonathan Kief, Korean Program Advisor

Nadia Yaqub, Chair

yaqub@email.unc.edu

Robin Visser, Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

rvisser@email.unc.edu

Lori Harris, Department Manager

lori@unc.edu

Korea occupies a place of significant geopolitical, economic, and cultural importance in the world . It is a unique country where five thousand years of history and tradition coexist with the most advanced technological and economic development. It is also a place where political and ideological differences divide the country into two Koreas (Republic of Korea, or South Korea, and Democratic Republic of Korea, or North Korea) that maintain one of the world’s most fortified military zones. The Korean peninsula is home to over 72 million ethnic Koreans (North and South combined) and over 1.3 million recent migrants from all over the world. Approximately 7 million ethnic Koreans have migrated to other countries and have established diasporic communities in over 150 countries. The Korean language is spoken by over 75 million people around the world and ranks 13th among the most used languages in the world.

Department Programs

Majors

Minors

Requirements 

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The undergraduate minor in Korean consists of four courses.

Core Requirements
Three courses are language courses beyond KOR 203 (the first semester of Intermediate Korean), chosen from:9-10
Intermediate Korean II
Advanced Korean I
Advanced Korean II
Modern Korean Literature and Culture
Changes and Continuities in Korean History
Topics in Korean Language and Literature
The fourth course must be chosen from among the following courses:3
Introduction to East Asian Art and Architecture
Asian Economic Systems
History, Memory, and Reality in Contemporary Korea
Education and Social Changes in Contemporary Korea
Korean Diasporas
Modern Korean Literature and Culture
Changes and Continuities in Korean History
Topics in Korean Language and Literature
Total Hours12-13

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet minor requirements.

See the program page here for special opportunities.