Korean Studies Minor
The Korean Studies minor is an inter-departmental and interdisciplinary program that allows students to explore and deepen their interest in and knowledge of Korea. Korean Studies at UC San Diego places special emphasis on modern Korea as a transnational formation, exploring how Korea has been shaped and constructed itself under changing historical circumstances and in relation to other nation-states, empires and their histories and cultures. Course offerings for the minor include the disciplines of History, Literature and Language, Culture and Popular Culture Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Music, Political Science, International Relations and Globalization Studies.
The Korean Studies Minor Program requires that students complete a minimum of 28 units of Korea and/or Korea-related courses. Normally 28 units add up to 7 courses, if each course is a 4-unit course. If courses taken offer fewer than 4 units each, then more than 7 courses are needed to fulfill the required 28 units.
- Students can take a maximum of 3 lower-division courses. However, the Minor Program does not require that students take language courses or lower division courses. All 28 units can be upper-division courses. Simultaneously we strongly encourage students to take language courses as part of their overall specialization in Korea.
- Please keep in mind that the approved list of courses is divided into two categories: Korea courses (100% Korea content) and Korea-related courses (less than 100% Korea content). For Korea-related course, students need to petition to have these courses count toward the minor.
- For “topics courses,” please make sure that their content is on Korea and Korea-related issues, as only those courses will count toward the Minor.
- Please note that graduate courses offered by GPS (formally IR/PS) faculty allow enrollment of undergraduate students on a limited basis with the instructor’s permission.
- Please refer to UC San Diego’s Korean Studies website (http://koreanstudies.ucsd.edu/) for a schedule of upcoming course offerings to plan your minor program in advance. Keeping in mind the Korean Studies core faculty members’ planned sabbatical and research leaves, please consult the Program Director and/or the Program Coordinator.
- Students are encouraged to take advantage of Korean Studies courses when they study in the Education Abroad Program at Yonsei University, a participating institution in the UC EAP program. The number of Korean Studies classes taken outside of UC San Diego is limited to 2. The Program Director will review and approve whether these courses taken from the Education Abroad Program can count toward the Minor.
- All lower and upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade.
Please click HERE for a PDF of the Korean Studies Minor degree check list.
Approved List of Courses
1. Courses on Korea
Ethnomusicology (petition required for all ethnomusicology courses)
- MUS 15. Popular Music (4) when topic is Introduction to Korean Pop Music
- MUS 87. Freshman Seminar (1) when topic is Introduction to the Korean Wave
- MUS 111. World Music Traditions (4) when topic is Music and Dance of Korea
- MUS 116. Popular Music Seminar (4) when topic is Korean Pop Culture
- HIEA 150. Modern Korea, 1800–1945 (4)
- HIEA 151. The Two Koreas, 1945–Present (4)
- HIEA 152. Histories and Cultures of the Modern Korean Diaspora (4)
- HIEA 153. Social and Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Korea (4)
- HIEA 180. Topics in Modern Korean History (4)
- LTEA 140. Modern Korean Literature in Translation from Colonial Period (4)
- LTEA 141. Modern Korean Literature in Translation from 1945 to Present (4)
- LTEA 142. Korean Film, Literature, and Popular Culture (4)
- LTEA 143. Gender and Sexuality in Korean Literature and Culture (4)
- LTEA 144. Korean American Literature and Other Literatures of Korean Diaspora (4)
- LTKO 149. Readings in Korean Language History and Structure I, II, III (4)
- LTKO 100. Readings Korean Literature and Culture (repeatable if taken on different topics) (4)
- LTKO 192. Senior Seminar in Literatures in Korean (1)
Korean Language Courses
- LTKO 1 A-B-C. Beginning Korean (5)
- LTKO 2 A-B-C. Intermediate Korean (5)
- LTKO 2 D-E. Intermediate-Advanced Korean (5)
- LTKO 3 A-B-C. Advanced Korean (5)
- LIHL 115. Korean for Korean Speakers (4)
- LIHL 135. Advanced Korean for Korean Speakers (4)
Korean Politics and Security (School of International Relations and Pacific Studies)
- IRGN 408. Korean Security (4)
- IRGN 484. Korean Politics (4)
- IRGN 485. Korean Economy (4)
- POLI 133J. Korean Politics (4)
2. Korea-Related Courses (petition required for all Korea-related courses)
Asian Cultural Studies
- LTCS 133. Globalization and Culture (4) when topic is Globalization and Culture in East Asia
- MUS 13AS. World Music/Asia and Oceania (4)
- MUS 15. Popular Music (4) when topic is Popular Music of East Asia
- MUS 116. Popular Music Studies Seminar (4) when topic is Women in Music of East Asia
- HILD 10. East Asia: The Great Tradition (4)
- HILD 11. East Asia and the West, 1279–1911(4)
- HILD 12. Twentieth-Century East Asia (4)
- HIEA 125. Women and Gender in East Asia (4)
Asian American Studies
- ETHN 20. Introduction to Asian American History (4)
- ETHN 122. Asian American Culture and Identity (4)
- ETHN 123. Asian American Politics (4)
- HILD 7B. Race and Ethnicity in the United States (4)
- HIUS 124/ETHN 125. Asian American History (4)
- LTEN 28. Introduction to Asian American Literature (4)
- LTEN 181. Asian American Literature (4)
- MUS 116. Popular Music Seminar when topic is Music of Asian Americans (4)
Critical Gender Studies Program
- CGS 104. Advanced Topics in Comparative Perspectives (4) when topic is Queer Contact Zones in Asian, Intra-Asian, and Asian American Studies
- COMM 104D. Comparative Media Systems: Asia (4)
- SOCI 133. Immigration in Comparative Perspective (4)
This information is subject to change. Check the UC San Diego General Catalog (http://ucsd.edu/catalog/) and speak with the Program Director and/or Coordinator for more information regarding the Korean Studies Program