Korean Minor

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

I Jonathan Kief, Korean Program Advisor


Morgan Pitelka, Chair


Pamela Lothspeich, Associate Chair and Fall 2020 Director of Undergraduate Studies


Robin Visser, Spring 2021 Director of Undergraduate Studies


Ash Barnes, Student Services Specialist


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




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

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" 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
Korean Through Current Affairs
Topics in Korean Language and Literature
The fourth course must be chosen from among the following courses:3
First-Year Seminar: Transnational Korea: Literature, Film, and Popular Culture
Cold War Culture in East Asia: Transnational and Intermedial Connections
Asian Economic Systems
History, Memory, and Reality in Contemporary Korea
Education and Social Changes in Contemporary Korea
Imagining the City in Modern Korea: Text, Image, Space
Rebel, Lover, Martyr: Gender and Sexuality in North and South Korean Screen Cultures
Korean Diasporas
Body Politics in Modern Korean Literature H
Modern Korean Literature and Culture
Changes and Continuities in Korean History
Korean Through Current Affairs
Documenting Diasporas: Korean Diasporas in Films and Documentaries
Topics in Korean Language and Literature
Total Hours12-13

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

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

See the program page here for special opportunities.