Korean (BA)

Korean is the language spoken by one of the world's most literate societies, with a dynamic culture and enviable economy. The Korean major at Ohio State is offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL), which is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States.

Through innovative approaches to language teaching, Korean majors acquire a strong and well-rounded foundation in Korean language, culture, literature and linguistics. Students become conversant in many facets of Korean humanities, both past and present. Besides language, strengths include a special program for studying various styles of traditional storytelling, drama and musical performances, as well as traditional and modern Korean literature, culture and linguistics.

In addition, the Korean program has a robust set of exchange programs with top-ranked universities in South Korea.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Currently, Korean is the fastest growing Language major at Ohio State. Alumni of the undergraduate Korean program serve in a wide range of industry, including education, translation, intelligence service and international commerce. Many go on to graduate programs to pursue such areas of study as international relations, political science, history, literature, linguistics and language pedagogy. A number of alumni also pursue careers in federal agencies.

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Korean is applicable to a variety of settings in the United States and abroad. Mastery of Korean allows students to consider careers in such fields as education, translation and interpretation, government, international trade, banking, print or electronic media, social work, diplomatic services, tourism, or art. Korean majors may also continue into graduate/professional school in Korean, East Asian, Asian-American studies and related fields. Many employers are eager to hire graduates who are fluent in Korean because their businesses interact with Korean speakers.

courses you might take:

KOREAN 2231: Elements of Korean Culture

A survey of the religion, history, customs, performing arts, fine arts, literature, and social institutions of the Korean people from the earliest era to the present. Taught in English.

KOREAN 2451: Korean Literature in Translation

A close examination of masterpieces in Korean literature across genres for students with no previous academic training in Korean literature. All readings and discussions in English; college-level English reading and writing required.

KOREAN 5256: Interdisciplinary Topics in Korean Politics and Society

Interdisciplinary Korean studies course in the areas of social science, bridging Korean history, politics, gender, religion, philosophy, education, intercultural communication and international relations, etc. Taught in English.

EALL 2284: Tea Culture in East Asia

Approaches tea from multiple perspectives, including, but not limited to, history, geography, agriculture, commerce, health, nutrition, arts and crafts, folklore, and transmission of everyday cultural practices.



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