Schools with Korean Degree Programs

Get info on finding a school that offers degree programs in the Korean language or Korean studies. Explore the curriculum in an associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree program in these fields, as well as certificate programs. Find out what you'd learn about the language, history and culture of North and South Korea. Schools offering Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How Do I Locate Schools with Korean Degree Programs?

There are a couple of sources you might use to locate postsecondary schools that offer Korean degree programs. You have two separate categories for conducting a search at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) website. A search for 'Korean studies' or 'Korean languages and literature' delivers a roster of seven possible schools. On the other hand, if you use the somewhat broader categories of 'East Asian studies' and 'East Asian literature, languages and linguistics' the NCES provides a list of 90 schools.

Another source you can use to find possible schools is U.S. News & World Report. The publication offers online rankings of what it has determined to be the top 53 colleges in the United States for East Asian studies. In addition to Korea-related subject matter, East Asian studies can include material pertaining to China and Japan.

What Undergraduate Degree Programs Are Available?

You can earn an Associate of Arts or Certificate in Korean or Korean Studies at several community colleges. Usually, these programs are presented through the school's foreign languages and literature department or its department of liberal arts. These typically last 1-2 years. You may be able to transfer credits earned in the program toward completing a bachelor's degree program.

Usually offered through a university's School or Department of East Asian or Asian Languages and Literature or Studies, you can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Korean or International Studies with an East Asian or Korean concentration. These 4-year programs generally consist of courses in the Korean language, literature, culture and history.

When choosing between programs, you may want to look into the school's extracurricular options. It may offer a study-abroad program with a partnering Korean university, allowing you to travel and gain class credits for as little as ten weeks or as long as a year. Many institutions also have a Korean student association. To complement your studies in Korea's language, culture or affairs, you may benefit from participation.

What Graduate Programs Are Available?

You may qualify to enroll in a Master of Arts in Asian Studies program if you have a Bachelor of Arts in Korean Studies with an East Asian concentration, or a similarly relevant background. Depending on the school, you may have the option of choosing between a thesis or capstone track. The non-thesis option typically requires you to complete more credit-units. Ideal if you're interested in a non-academic career, such as in business or government, these master's degree programs generally require you to have completed at least two years of Korean language courses.

Other schools offer a Master of Arts in the Korean Language. With the completion of this professional-level program, you should be able to conduct your business dealings entirely in Korean. Sometimes the program requires you to complete a 1-year immersion program in Korea.

You may also be able to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in East Asian Languages with a concentration in Korean. Some schools require you to hold a master's degree prior to enrollment in the doctoral degree program, while others allow you to earn a master's degree during your pursuit of the Ph.D. Depending on your preparation, a program can take as long as seven years to complete and includes oral examinations, a dissertation preparation and its oral defense.

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