Korean Studies

The concentration in Korean studies aims to train and produce students who are linguistically able and culturally informed. The program consists of two major components. The first is to build students’ language proficiency in Korean in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The second is to offer students a broad range of knowledge of the culture, literature, history, art and religions of Korea. The program will enrich students' perspectives on different cultures and socities at the intellectual level and also equip students with practical knowledge of Korea that will benefit careers in various professions, including academe, government work, international trade, NGOs and translations.

Language Requirement: Students must demonstrate proficiency in the Korean language at the intermediate level. The language requirement can be satisfied by completing the KOR 201 and KOR 202 sequence, one year of study abroad at the intermediate level, or achieving a satisfactory score on a proficiency exam. Language proficiency evaluations will be conducted by Dr. Chan Young Park cypark@asu.edu.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 22 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.

Korean Studies Core 10 hours*

KOR 101 First-Year Korean I (5) AND  KOR 102 First-Year Korean II (5)
KOR 201 Second-Year Korean I, G (5) AND KOR 202 Second-Year Korean II, G (5)

*Course substitutions may be permitted for heritage speakers and other advanced speakers of the Korean language based on their Korean language proficiency level as determined by the Korean Placement Test.

Students must take at least 12 credit hours (4 courses) from the following course list:

KOR 321 Korean Literature and Translation (3)
KOR 347 Korean Film and Literature, HU (3)
KOR 350 Women of Korea, H (3)
KOR 354 Religious Traditions of Korea, HU (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.









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