Minor in Korean

The goal of the Minor in Korean is to deepen understanding of Korea’s distinctive location in, and its complex historical and contemporary connections to, East Asia and the world. The minor equips students with the knowledge and advanced Korean language skills needed to examine, write, and talk about Korean literature and film as a vital point of entry into Korean culture and society. The growing prominence of Korea in the world economy, its technological innovations, and its emergence as an exporter of global popular culture have created a rapidly rising level of demand for scholars and professionals who are well versed in Korean. The minor thus provides a marketable, as well as academically challenging, complement to any BU undergraduate major.


CAS LK 212 (Fourth-Semester Korean) or LK 216 (Second-Year Korean for Heritage Speakers) or equivalent proficiency. Students interested in the minor who have no prior knowledge or study of Korean are advised to take LK 111 (First-Semester Korean) in their first semester.


Six 4-credit courses are required, all completed with a grade of C or higher and distributed as follows:

• A two-semester sequence in third-year Korean language:

CAS LK 311 (Fifth-Semester Korean) and CAS LK 312 (Sixth-Semester Korean)
OR demonstration of proficiency in Korean equivalent to LK 312, in which case other courses will be substituted in consultation with the student’s minor advisor

• Two CAS LK courses in Korean literature/film/culture, chosen from:

CAS LK 250 Introduction to Korean Literature (in English translation)
CAS LK 383 Modern Korean Culture through Cinema (in English translation)
CAS LK 470 Topics in Korean Literature and Culture (may be repeated for credit as topics change)

• Two additional courses chosen in consultation with the minor advisor from 400-level language courses taught in Korean and/or courses on Chinese, Japanese, and Comparative Literature:

CAS LC 250 Masterpieces of Classical Chinese Literature (in English translation)
CAS LC 251 Masterpieces of Modern Chinese Literature (in English translation)
CAS LC 284 Introduction to Chinese Women’s Writing (in English translation)
CAS LC 285 Topics in Chinese Literature (in English translation)
CAS LC 287 Screening Modern China (in English translation)
CAS LC/LJ/LK 314 Classical Chinese I for Students of East Asia
CAS LC 450 The Chinese Novel
CAS LC 470 Topics in Chinese Literature and Culture
CAS LJ 250 Masterpieces of Japanese Literature (in English translation)
CAS LJ 251 Modern Japanese Literature (in English translation)
CAS LJ 283 Modern Japanese Culture in Cinema (in English translation)
CAS LJ 451 Topics in Japanese Literature
CAS LJ 480 Japanese Women Writers (in English translation)
CAS LJ 481 Topics in Japanese Literature (in English translation)
CAS LK 440 Korean Conversation and Composition through Media
CAS LK 441 Advanced Korean: Issues in Korean Society
CAS LK 445 Korean for Contemporary Culture
CAS XL 224 Introduction to Comparative Literature: East Asian Literature (in English translation)
CAS XL 540 Practice and Theory of Literary Translation

Other East Asian courses may be selected with advisor’s prior approval.

Students must complete a minimum of three courses toward the minor in the Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature on the Charles River Campus, and may include up to three approved transfer courses from other colleges and universities or study abroad programs. Study abroad through BU-approved programs in Korea is strongly encouraged, but may be undertaken for transfer credit only with prior approval from the BU Study Abroad Manager for External Programs and the student’s minor advisor. Internships taken through Boston University or other study abroad programs may not be credited toward the minor.

Placement Test

A placement test is required of all students whose most recent course in Korean was taken while in high school or at a college other than Boston University and who wish to continue their study of this language here. Information about online testing is available at the Modern Languages & Comparative Literature Department website.