Hanyang University's Department of Korean Studies was established in March 2001 as part of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS). Korea's extremely rapid development in the second half of the twentieth century has been referred to as "the miracle of the Han River." As a member of the OECD, Korea is continuing to develop economically and democratic consolidation is being advanced constantly. Korea aims to contribute to the common prosperity of East Asia and the rest of the world through cooperative relationships with other states. Korea's relationship with North Korea is also of vital importance, particularly given the seriousness of the nuclear issue upon regional and world peace.
The Korean experience provides an excellent opportunity for prospective students to advance their understanding of broader issues such as the economic and political development of developing states, the role of middle powers in the international arena, and regional cooperation in East Asia. In this light, students in the Korean Studies program at the GSIS will acquire special insights into state development strategies and international relations, as well as a deeper understanding of Korea itself.
The Korean Studies program offers two majors: 1) Korean Studies for both a Master’s and Ph.D. degree, and 2) Korean Language Education and Korean Studies for a Master’s degree only. Students presently enrolled in the program come from various countries in East Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. More specifically, at this point in time students enrolled in the program come from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Cameroon, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Canada, the United States etc. Most of the doctoral graduates of the Korean Studies program have gone on to gain academic appointments within the Republic of Korea, some in tenured tracks, and/or abroad in their home countries almost immediately after graduation, if not before completing the program. The alumni maintain close ties to the Korean Studies Department through academic seminars and the Hanyang University Korean Studies Alumni Association.
I hope that this program will establish excellent ties between students and scholars wishing to study Korea and East Asian International Relations, and who also desire to contribute to world peace by extending international comprehension and cooperation.
The Head of Korean Studies