The Purpose of Education and Outline

The department of Korean Language & Literature has played a crucial role in developing Yonsei University as a leading institution of Korean studies. The courses which are provided cover Korean culture as well as the general area of Korean language and literature.

Specified Major Areas

Korean Language & Literature is divided into three categories: Korean Linguistics, Classical Literature, and Contemporary Literature.

1) Korean Linguistics

Korean Linguistics covers the areas from old Korean language to modern Korean language. Korean Linguistics majors, research all issues regarding Korean language, especially grammatical structures, historical transitions, use of language, and letters. Also, education for foreigners, sociolinguistics, and Korean informatics are subjects of study.

2) Classical Literature

Classical Literature explores all kinds of literary works and all written records documented before the 20th century. In classical literature major, it is further divided into four areas: Chinese-Korean Classics, Classical Poetry, Classical Novel, and Classical Culture.

3) Contemporary Literature

Contemporary Literature covers from the period of enlightenment and the Japanese colonial period to the present. Contemporary Literature includes not only the traditional literary work like poetry or novel, but also various public culture including movies and digital media. Students learn about the relationship between Korean literature and world literature, writing, and cultural systems through classes.

Careers after Graduation

Korean Language & Literature department has played an important role in education. There are many alumni who teach Korean to foreigners as well as professors and middle/high school teachers. One of the prominent activities of Korean Language & Literature department is journalism and making outstanding achievements in the advertising industry. Brilliant poets, writers, and dramatist start their literary career every year and have been active in area of creation and criticism.