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Welcome to Ewha W. University’s English Language and Literature Department.


For over half a century, the Department of English Language and Literature of Ewha Womans University has been one of the leading humanities studies departments in Korea. In 2010, it was ranked first place of 67 departments in the nation by the JoongAng Daily and to this day holds its place as one of the most competitive English Language and Literature departments in Korea.
In order to keep up with the changing demands of the global society, the English Language and Literature Department will be launching a new track accreditation program in 2016. This program is part of 2015-2019 ACE [Advancement of College Education] government funding worth 9 billion won for the purpose of the advancement and convergence of undergraduate studies. The English Language and Literature Department will help students to be smarter, more creative, and more globalized through its four specialized tracks: Culture and Technology (CT), Storytelling and Translation (ST), Global Literacy (GL), and Advanced Studies (AS).


From 2016 to 2020, The Department of English Research Team (led by Professor Yoon Young Eun) will receive the government funding worth five hundred million won annually through Brain Korea 21 Plus (BK21 Plus) for a total of 2.2 billion won, reconfirming the academic reputation of Ewha English. BK21 Plus funding will allow graduate school students to focus on their studies through a variety of supports, such as research scholarship and opportunities to participate in international conferences and publish papers. In 2001, the Department was selected for BK21’s language-sector funding, and in 2006, it was selected again for funding, this time for 3.5 billion won over seven years. Through this generous funding by BK21 Plus, Ewha’s English Department will be able to further strengthen its research capabilities on a global scale.


Through outstanding international exchange student programs, students of the English Department are currently having valuable opportunities to study worldwide: the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Norway, and Taiwan. Besides the exchange-school program offered by the university’s Office of International Affairs (, the English Department has recently signed exclusive MOUs with UK’s University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Edinburgh, University of Southampton, and the University of Birmingham, so that an increasing number of students can study abroad. For graduate school students, we have dual-degree programs with Clark University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the US.


Founded in 1999, Ewha’s Institute of English and American Studies ( is the nation’s leading research institute for English and American studies. Its goal is to facilitate lively academic exchange for local and global scholars as well as to foster an ideal environment for intellectual inquiry. Recent invited international scholars and writers include Chang-Rae Lee (Princeton), Bruce Robbins (Columbia), Daniel Y. Kim (Brown), Priscilla Wald (Duke), and Susan Stanford Friedman (Wisconsin). The institute publishes Journal of English and American Studies (JEAS) annually and has made active contribution to English and American literary studies.
For undergraduates, the Department provides diverse club activities. A theater group, Beings, was established in 1930 and commemorated its 70th performance in 2010. The Debate Association of Ewha (DAE), led by Professor Peter Kipp, has won several debate competitions in Australia, the Pacific region, and Europe. Other clubs include Weekly Poetry, Creative Writing Club, and New Wave (a film study club).
Ewha’s English Language and Literature Department continues to preserve its tradition and initiate innovation, with the fundamental goal of nurturing our future leaders. The department promises to keep its founding commitment while striving to stay competitive in these changing times.


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