01) Features & Options
Showing interest in the Korean language is the beginning of the questions for us. However, the goal of the study is different based on the point of view we take on Korean. Founded in 1964, the Department of Korean Language and Literature aims to study the Korean language and Korean literature beyond the pales of their usual scope of the disciplines, i.e. Korean culture growing among the world. On that point, we gained a good reputation of ‘The Sogang School’ and produced many talented graduates despite our short history.
The major field of the department of Korean language and literature is largely divided into the Korean language and Korean literature. Requiring accuracy and objectivity as in natural sciences, the area of the Korean language comprises classes that focus on phonetics, morphology, syntax, modern/middle/old Korean, and dialects. The area of Korean literature teaches Korean novels, poems, and literary criticism, and encourages students to interpret, analyze, criticize and discuss the major Korean writers and literary works.
In order to study the Korean language and Korean literature well, students need to broaden their interests in many other fields such as humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences: logic, philosophy of language, sociology, psychology, history, culture study, women’s studies, anthropology, and the science of religion. Furthermore, the Korean language and Korean literature cannot be separated from the contemporary society, which means that students explore the language, literature in culture and society of the times.
02) Career Planning
After graduation, students enter a profession or continue their studies in graduate school. Those who enter graduate school continue to study on the doctoral level after earning their master’s degree. In graduate school, they specialize in either the Korean language or Korean literature. Those who enter a profession can engage in many fields: broadcasting (reporters, producers, broadcast writers), literature (poets, critics, novelists such as Choi Si-han and Choi Yoon), copywriters, education (middle or high school teachers), and many other business fields such as finances, publishing companies, planning and management offices.