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Our Department of Korean Language and Literature focuses on the research of Korean language and literature in which lives and minds of Korean people are shaped. The study is largely divided into three areas such as Korean linguistics, classical, and modern literature. Modern literature of Korea departed from classical literature at the late 19th Century. We not only share common features of the department of Korean language and literature with other universities, but also have several distinctive characteristics of our own: The atmosphere of cherishing freedom and autonomy, profound interest in society and history, progressive viewpoint of the world, solidarity abounds at our Department. It is said that students majoring in Korean language and literature often have a difficulty of finding a career after their graduation, but this is no longer a case. The Department of Korean Language and Literature provides students with the joy of learning while at school and meaningful opportunities after graduation. Therefore, we welcome continuous commitments and challenges from students with enthusiasm and interest in human beings and their language and writings.

Academic Goals

Korean linguistics, classical, and modern literature lay the foundation for our curriculum of as at others as mentioned earlier. At the Department of Korean Language and Literature of Hanshin University, however, we take one step further beyond a mere study of language and literature. We encourage students to pay attention to the modern literary trends to adapt to the context of the 21st Century, to the alignment with cultures needed to further understand our language and literature, and to the division of the Korean peninsula, the most important issue confronting Korean people. In addition, we seek to promote students’ interest in the field study and practical application of what they learn from class.

Extracurricular Academic Activities

Academic activities are actively carried out on an individual basis in and out of the school as in other academically focused universities, although there is no research institute or project of an organizational level. Academic activities of our department center around academic associations for linguistics (called “Naratmalssam”), classics, poetry, novels (“Nonumaegi”), and creative writings (“Clear Sunshine”), all governed by students. In addition, there are circles to exercise and perform cultural activities such as traditional percussion music (“Hanasori”), singing (“Hanuljigi”), and drama (“Haje”). Every late autumn, the outcome of their study and practicing is made public at the academic conference (Students’ Association Festival) and the culture festival (Alliance Festival). These academic and cultural activities of our students are supported by the Social Science Sub-Committee and Editorial Division (“Chang”).

Career Opportunities

There are a large number of career paths for students majoring in Korean language and literature. Students, based on knowledge learnt from our department, can pursue careers in research and education (as professors, teachers of middle and high schools, tutors for students or foreigners, and researchers at institutes of linguistics and literature), in the areas of creative writing (such as literature, scriptwriting, and criticism), in publishing industries (literary magazines, publishing houses, and corporate magazines), in cultural areas (such as film scenario writing, administration at cultural organizations, and in the field of media (such as news papers and broadcasting), and advertising. Majoring multiple subjects by students is also encouraged as it may help broaden career opportunities.
Given that the knowledge of language and literature, which is the backbone of liberal arts, is the requirements in virtually every field, the potential career opportunities for our graduates are expected to grow.


 Introduction to Korean Linguistics  Introduction to Korean Literature
 Korean Phonology  Korean Lexicology & Semantics
 Modern Korean Novel  Modern Korean Drama1
 Studies in Korean Grammar I  History of Korean Literature
 Modern Korean Poetry  Modern Korean Drama2
 Modern Korean Poets  Readings in Modern Korean Poetry
 Korean Classical Poetry1  Korean Classical Poetry2
 Readings in Korean Classical Novels  Readings in Korean Classical Prose
 North-Korean Language  Proofreading and Revising Korean Writings
 Studies on Modern Writers  Readings in Korean Novels
 Main Themes in the Korean Classical Literature  Reading on Korean Classical Poetry
 Korean Literature and the Other Arts  Readings in Middle Korean Grammer
 Understanding Classical Sino-Korean Literary Works  Understanding Korean Legends and Folklores
 Fieldwork of the Korean Language and Literature  Education of Korean Language
History of the Korean Language  Analyzing Treatises on Korean Language & Literature
 Classical Korean Novel  History of Modern Literature
 Theory of Korean Linguistics Teaching  Korean Dialectology
 Korean Grammer  North-Korean Literature
  Ideological Aspects in the Modern Korean Literaure  Popular Culture and Literature
 Literature in the Digital Era  Classical Korean Writers
 Readings in Classical Sino-Korean Literary Works  Lexicon Compilation
 Korean Language and Infomation  Korean Literature in the Enlightenment Period
 Modern Korean Historical Novel  Methods of Research in Modern Korean Literature
 Contemporary Cultural-Literary Theories  Readinga in Modern Korean Critical Essays
 Practice in Writing Thesis