Courses & Requirements for the Certificate in Korean Studies

The Certificate requires 12-13 units to include:

REQUIRED course (3 units total): Korean Civilization (KOR 321, 3 units)

Development of art, philosophy, religion, political and social institutions through different periods in Korean history. Humanistic dimensions of the Korean mind, traditions, and heritage. Taught in English. (Prerequisites: Upper division standing)

TWO COURSES (6 or 7 units total) selected from the following:

  • Advanced Korean I (KOR 301, 3 units): Spoken and written modern Korean. Acquisition of complex sentences with advanced grammatical patterns. Develop fluency in conversing on a variety of topics in everyday situations. (Prerequisites: Korean 202)

  • Advanced Korean II (KOR 302, 3 units): Continuation of Korean 301.  Acquisition of complex sentences with advanced grammatical patterns. Build competency in communicating on a variety of topics in everyday situations. (Prerequisites: Korean 301)

  • Business Korean I (KOR 331, 4 units): Language skills to perform basic business in Korean business environment. Learn business etiquette and attain broad understanding of business culture in Korea. (Prerequisite: Korean 202)

ONE COURSE (3 units total) selected from the following:

- Contemporary Korean Culture through Media (KOR 430, 3 units) 
Contemporary Korean culture and society as reflected in various modes of media (news, drama, film, instructional technology). Korean culture in neighboring countries and beyond. Historical perspective to modern Korean culture. Taught in English. (Prerequisite: Upper division standing)

- Government and Politics from East Asia (POL S 362, 3 units) 
The internal political structure and foreign policies of China, Japan, and Korea. (Prerequisites: Political Science 101 or 103)

- Religions of East Asia (REL S 345, 3 units)
Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism in broad historical and cultural context. Focus on Chan (Zen) school of Buddhism, Confucius, neo-Confucianism of Ju Xi, and Taoist masters Lao Ze and Chuang Ze. (Prerequisite: Three units of religious studies.)


Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is sometimes possible for one equivalent course (or rarely, two equivalent courses) taken elsewhere.  All applications for transfer credit are evaluated individually by the Certificate Program.  No academic credit for course work is granted for work experience.