Korean

Have questions about Korean courses, placement tests, or study abroad?  Email Korean Language Coordinator, Heeju Lee (heejulee@bu.edu), to set up a Zoom meeting with a faculty member in the program.

Are you into K-pop and want to know more about its roots? Do you love K-dramas and want to understand them without subtitles? Or are you an ethnic Korean and want to learn more about your heritage? Whether you are looking for a way to strengthen your résumé or just love how the Korean alphabet looks, you will find something wonderful while studying Korean at WLL.   

The demand for professionals and experts well-versed in Korean language and culture is rapidly rising not only because of the geopolitical significance of the Korean peninsula in contemporary international politics but also because of South Korea’s increasingly visible roles in the global economy, technology, and popular culture. To answer such a demand, the Korean language program at Boston University offers students a wide variety of courses. We offer four years of Korean language, including accelerated courses for heritage learners, content-based upper-level language courses such as “Korean Through TV Drama” (LK313), “Tales of Korea” (LK316), and “Translation and Interpretation Workshop” (LK450). There are also a number of courses taught in English which focus on Korean literature (LK 250), film (LK 383), and culture (LK 470) as well as classical Chinese for students of East Asia (LK 314). More new courses are being developed to broaden the scope and depth of our offerings, so please check back to this site for updates.

The best way to take advantage of the vibrant Korean program at BU is minoring in Korean. If you want to find out more about pathways for being a Korean minor, please contact Prof. Yoon Sun Yang at yyoonsun@bu.edu.

A complete list of Korean language, literature and culture courses is available on the CAS Bulletin or on our all courses webpage.

Faculty

Korean Degree Program

Fall 2021 Course List

Placement Test and Language Credit

Korean Study Abroad Programs

Past Events

 

Students read the original Korean version of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize winner, Han Kang’s The Vegetarian (trans. Deborah Smith) from cover to cover in our advanced language/ literature course, LK 480 Readings in Korean Literature.