This certificate is designed for non-native speakers of Korean, and is offered at the level of attaining a basic expertise and knowledge in Korean language skills and culture. This certificate comprises four in-depth courses of basic communication skills in Korean by developing competency in basic to low-intermediate skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture. To earn the Korean Language Certificate, students must complete a total of 16 credits, earning a C or better in each of the following courses: KOREAN 101, 102, 203, 204.
No more than 4 credits earned at other institutions may apply toward the certificate and no more than 4 credits may be taken pass/fail. The school will determine course equivalencies from other institutions and allowances for AP credit. The University undergraduate certificate fee will apply.
Proficiency Exam Requirement
Students who earn this certificate are also required to take an exit proficiency exam at the end of the academic term in which they complete the last course of the certificate. Students must pass the STAMP exam at the intermediate level in order to earn the certificate. This exam requires a fee.
Korean is the official language of South Korea and North Korea. It is a language spoken by about 77.2 million people in the world including 71.8 million native speakers living on the Korean peninsula and 5.4 million overseas Korean residents. Korean is considered as a heritage language to significant populations in China, Japan, Canada, and Russia as well as the US and spoken as a foreign language by an increasing number of people in the world. In terms of the number of speakers, it’s rated eleventh among the languages in the world.
Why learn Korean?
The importance of Korean language is ever-increasing due to Korea’s powerful economy and geographical/political importance. South Korea has the 13th largest economy in the world having companies like Hyundai, Samsung, Kia. In addition, trades between South Korea and the U.S have increased for the past years. Thus, being able to speak in Korean will make you more attractive to your potential employers. Also, since Korean War, South Korea and the US have been close allies and have sought to establish a partnership in politics, still having the large U.S troops stationed in South Korea. With the close relationship between the two countries, Korean is one of the critical language skills that FBI and CIA look for in their competitive candidates.
Korean Language Courses
First Semester Korean 4 credits . Fundamentals of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Korean 101 is a language course designed for students with no or little previous background knowledge of Korean.
Second Semester Korean 4 credits. Continued development of basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Korean 102 is a language course designed for students who have taken Korean 101 or an equivalent.
Third Semester Korean 4 credits. Continued development of basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Korean 203 is a language course designed for students who have taken Korean 101 and 102 or equivalents.
Fourth Semester Korean 4 credits. Continued development of basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Korean 204 is a language course designed for students who have taken Korean 101, 102, and 103 or equivalents.
Korean Language Conversation Table
International Programs currently offers Conversation Practice on Tuesdays from noon – 1pm in CUB L-46.
For more information, please contact
Dr. Hyun Gyung Lee