Faculty of Korean Language and Literature

The mission of the Faculty of Korean Language and Literature as a centre of education and development of language and literature and a training centre for writers and journalists is to train competent experts who are capable of solving theoretical and practical problems in the fields of literature, linguistics, national classics, creative writing and journalism.

Separated from the Faculty of History in 1949 it was named the Faculty of Korean Language and Literature, and it became the College of Literature in 2000. It was renamed the Faculty of Korean Language and Literature in October 2019.

The Faculty has six departments, which include the Department of Literature, the Department of Screenplay Writing, the Department of Novel and Poetry, the Department of National Classics, the Department of Journalism, and the Department of Archive Information. It also has an institute (the Institute of Korean Language Studies) and four offices (the Office of Modern Linguistics, the Office of Historical Linguistics, the Office of Creative Writing and the Office of Language and Literature Application).

It offer courses in Korean Literature, Linguistics, Korean Language Studies, Film Scenario, Creative Writing, National Classics, Journalism, Archive Information and a special course for the training of writers and journalists.

The main subjects include "Juche-based Theory of Literature", "History of Korean Literature", "Contemporary Korean Literature", "Modern Korean Literature", "Ancient & Medieval Korean Literature", "Orally-transmitted Literature", "Literary Criticism", "Dramaturgy", "Screenwriting", "Novel Writing", "Poem Writing", "Children's Literature Writing", "Introduction to Linguistics", "Korean Lexicology", "Korean Morphology", "Korean Syntax", "Korean Semantics", "Korean Stylistics", "Korean Speaking", "Intensive Korean Reading", "Network Journalism", "Introduction to Mass Media", "History of Ancient Publications", "Metal and Stone Inscriptions in Korea" and "Chinese Characters".

The Faculty has a staff of 110 lecturers and researchers including three academicians, one candidate academician and 50 Doctors of Philosophy. Sixty of them have professorship or associate professorship.

It has about 1 300 students.

Introduction to Curriculum For Exchange Students

Educational system: 4-year course Degree: Bachelor in linguistics

- Year 1

Semester 1

NoCourse TitleCreditsSessions per WeekExam Typeremarks
1Korean speaking712Type-one
2Basic Korean reading710Type-one

Semester 2

NoCourse TitleCreditsSessions per WeekExam Typeremarks
1Korean speaking810Type-one
2Basic Korean reading710Type-one
3Introduce to Linguistics46Type-one

- Year 2

Semester 1

NoCourse TitleCreditsSessions per WeekExam Typeremarks
1Korean style reading68Type-one
2Korean listening68Type-one
3Korean phonetics44Type-one
5Korean geography33Type-two
6Fundamentals of literature34Type-two
7Writing practice22Type-two

Semester 2

NoCourse TitleCreditsSessions per WeekExam Typeremarks
1Korean style reading46Type-one
2Korean listening58Type-one
3Korean lexicology34Type-one
5Computer Application45Type-two
6History of Korean literature23Type-two
7Writing Practice22Type-two

- Year 3

Semester 1

NoCourse TitleCreditsSessions per WeekExam Typeremarks
2Korean history34Type-two
3History of Korean literature33Type-two
4Korean style reading46Type-one
5Korean listening56Type-one
6Korean morphology45Type-one
7Writing practice12Type-one

Semester 2

NoCourse TitleCreditsSessions per WeekExam Typeremarks
2Korean history23Type-two
3Korean style reading46Type-one
4Korean listening58Type-one
5Korean syntax45Type-one
6Writing practice12Type-two

- Year 4

Semester 1

NoCourse TitleCreditsSessions per WeekExam Typeremarks
1Juche philosophy24Type-two
2Socialist Constitution34Type-two
4Korean folklorism33Type-two
5Korean stylistics33Type-one
6Korean semantics34Type-one
7Korean dialectology34Type-one

Semester 2

NoCourse TitleCreditsSessions per WeekExam Typeremarks
1Juche philosophy23Type-one
3Mathematical linguistics38Type-one
4Computer linguistics38Type-one
5Korean word-formation37Type-one
6History of korean linguistics38Type-one
7Middle Korean grammar37Type-two
8Chinese ideograph38Type-two
9History of foreign linguistics38Type-two
10History of foreign literature38Type-two

Course Duration: 2 years

Degree: Master Degree of Linguistics

For the graduates from Korean linguistics department, post-grad course is available, providing a wide array of Korean-related subjects and disciplines in linguistics, writing dissertations for MA degree.

The subjects for MA course are:

1. Social linguistics

2. Text linguistics

3. Pragmatics

4. Cognitive semantics

5. Contrastive linguistics

6. Syntactic semantics

7. Psychological linguistics

8. Phatic linguistics

9. Environment semantics

10. Cognitive linguistics

11. Lexicography

12. Text semantics

13. Speech analysis

14. Sentence construction

15. Language pedagogy

16. Academic terms theory

17. Manchu linguistics

18. Middle foreign linguistics

19. History of Korean grammar

20. Korean vocabulary

21. History of Korean phoneme

22. Language information theory

23. Vague linguistics

24. Machine translation

25. Corpus linguistics

The apprentice’s course is following:

1. Korean reading-1

2. Korean reading-2

3. Korean speaking-1

4. Korean speaking-2

5. Practical Korean grammar

6. Korean style reading

7. Writing

8. Korean geography

9. General linguistics

10. History of Korean language

11. Dialectology

12. Computer applied linguistics

13. History of Korean literature

14. Fundamental of literature

15. Korean semantics

16. Korean history

17. Korean folklorism