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The Department offers a varied program in the language and culture of Korean. In addition to five levels of Korean language, faculty teach a range of courses from introductions to Korean culture, literature in translation, to linguistics and art. 

Korean Language at OSU

Korean Language Study at DEALL

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) at The Ohio State University offers a varied program in Korean language, under the leadership of Professors Chan E. Park and Danielle Ooyoung Pyun. DEALL's Korean Language Program is nationally recognized for the quality of its language instruction. Information on scholarships and financial aid are available from our university's East Asian Studies Center home page.

The Korean Language Program includes 5 levels of instruction in 2 formats: Individualized Instruction and Regular classroom (five hours per week). In addition to the information below on our program, see also the Aims, Procedures, and Policy concerning Korean Language Study at DEALL. Do also visit our Korean Language Courses Home Page -- which also houses the Korean Individualized Instruction Home Page -- for Korean language courses that are offered during the current academic year, with links to course pages where applicable.


First Level (Korean 1101-1102 [Regular, Individualized]): Standard Korean at the elementary level, with emphasis on building and applying basic language knowledge in doing things in Korean; exercises in oral interactions and interactions involving text; introduction to the Korean writing system (Hangul).


Second Level (Korean 1103-2102 [Regular], 1103 also offered in Individualized): Continuation of First Level with an increasing emphasis on communicative strategy building.

Third Level: (Korean 4101-4102 [Regular, Individualized]): Continuation of Second Level.


Fourth Level (Korean 5101-5102 [Regular]): Continuation of Third Level with an increasing emphasis on presentation mode of communication.

Fifth Level (Korean 5103-5104 [Regular]): This series of courses allows the exceptional undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultural discourses of Korea through discussion of texts and broadcast media that reflect current intellectual concerns of Korea.

Individualized Instruction: You can pursue the study of Korean on a self-paced, one-to-one teacher/student basis in Individualized Instruction through the 1103 and 4101-4102.

Study Abroad

DEALL has a relationship with Yonsei University (Seoul), Sogang University (Seoul), Soonchunhyang University (Ansan). For more information, contact Mr. Michael Volk.

Students' Comments

"I love the Korean program here. I learned far more than I expected. The class is fun, well-paced and well-taught. I highly recommend Korean courses at OSU. It is a wonderful language program and has wonderful teachers."

"The instructors' enthusiasm, fairness, availability, and well-structured instruction are only some of the strengths of the OSU Korean program."

"The greatest strength of the Korean program, I think, is the amount of attention each student will receive from teachers."

Korean Major

B.A. Degree in Korean

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literature offers an undergraduate major in Korean. The major program includes studies in language, literature, culture, and linguistics. Any given course can count only toward the fulfillment of one category requirement, even if the course appears as an option in more than one category.

Prerequisites: (15 credit hrs.)

Language: K1101, K1102, K1103 
or  K1101.51, K1102.51, K1103.51
Culture: K2231

Requirements: (33 credit hrs.)

  1. LANGUAGE (15 credit hrs.)
    2102, 4101, 4102
    or 2102.51, 4101.51, 4102.51
  2. LITERATURE (3 credit hrs.)
  3. LINGUISTICS (3 credit hrs.)
    5315, 5380
  4. ADVANCED STUDIES (2 courses for a minimum of 6 credit hrs.)
    4193, 4998, 4999, 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104, 5315, 5380, 5405, 5400, 5453, 5455
    5256, 5400, 5405, 5455, EALL2284, EALL3223, EALL3405, EALL3446, EALL 4200, EALL5475, EALL, 5310, *EALL5383, HISTORY 3435, PHIL2120

Courses are Korean unless otherwise marked.

* Graduate courses open to undergraduate majors with permission of the instructor.

Declaring a Major

To declare a major, you should schedule an appointment with Tommy Beyl in Hagerty 355 by calling 292-8485. If you are having difficulties scheduling an appointment please contact Tommy Beyl by E-mail at beyl.1@osu.edu


Korean Minor 

The minor in Korean consists of 15 credit hours of prerequisites and 14 semester credit hours of course work beyond the stated prerequisites. The purpose of the prerequisites is to give students a linguistic and cultural foundation upon which to build an understanding of Korea. The courses beyond the prerequisites are intended to provide more substantial training in the Korean language and further cultural understanding. Selections of courses are to be made with the advice and counsel of an adviser, and students should be aware that not all of the courses that are available for the minor are offered every year so that early and careful planning is advised. No more than 6 of the credit hours required for the minor can be transfer credits.

Prerequisite courses (15 credit hours)

Korean 1101.01, 1102.01, 1103.01, or I.I. or SPEAC equivalents (K1101.51/1101.02, K1102.51/1102.02, K1103.51/1103.02); Korean 2231

Required courses (8 credit hours)

Korean 2102.01 or 2102.02 or 2102.51, 2451

Elective courses (6-10 credit hours)

Must complete two full courses from the following:

Korean: 4101.01 or 4101.51, 4102.01 or 4102.51, 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104, 5256, 5315, 5380, 5400, 5405, 5453, 5455; East Asian Languages and Literatures 3241, 5383, 5477

NOTE: EM and Transfer Credit cannot be used in the elective category.

All courses are Korean unless otherwise marked. * Graduate course open to undergraduate minors with the permission of the instructor.

Declaring a Minor

To declare a minor, you should schedule an appointment with Tommy Beyl in Hagerty 355 by calling 292-8485. If you are having difficulties scheduling an appointment please contact Tommy Beyl by E-mail at beyl.1@osu.edu


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