There are two functional concentrations at Korean Studies Department: Korean Culture and Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language.

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Korean Culture

Through various research methodologies and with an interdisciplinary approach combining anthropological, theological and other perspectives, the Korean Culture program pursues a many-sided study of Korean society, culture, socio-psychological structure, and values. The program also aims to cultivate cultural analysis skills and suggests new perspectives regarding elements of Korean culture such as religions, folkways, history, and the arts.

Teaching Korean As a Foreign Language

With recognition that Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language (TKFL) is one dynamic subfield of Applied Linguistics, both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in TKFL have prepared a systematic and comprehensive curriculum that specializes in the acquisition, analysis, pedagogy, and use of Korean as a foreign language. The M.A. program provides both pre- and in-service professional training in TKFL to produce competent and knowledgeable teachers of TKFL to teach and conduct research at TKFL institutions both domestic and abroad. The Department’s newly-launched Ph.D. program in TKFL recruits and trains a critical mass of Korean applied linguists, who will become thoroughly familiar with theory and research in such areas of specialization as Korean Second Language Acquisition and Korean for Specific Purposes and capable of conducting independent and in-depth research in issues of TKFL.

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