Archaeology and Art History Introduction
The Department of Archaeology and Art History has its beginnings in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, which was established in 1961 and was subsequently divided into the Departments of Archaeology and Anthropology respectively in 1975. In 1982 the Department of Archaeology was re-organized as the Department of Archaeology and Art history. The discipline of archaeology involves illuminating the past culture of mankind through material evidence other than the written word, and that of art history examines the artistic heritage of mankind from aesthetic and historical perspectives. The department focuses its educational efforts on teaching effective methodologies for the study of the above disciplines and on imparting basic knowledge of the fields to students.
The departmental student association takes into account student opinion on a variety of issues and attempts to reflect the voice of the students in decision-making processes. It also serves as a forum for the exchange of views between students in the department.
Many undergraduates continue their studies in graduate school and end up teaching and engaging in research at universities, or find employment as cultural specialists in charge of research at the National Museum of Korea, the National Museum of Modern Art, and many other public and private museums and art galleries. Graduates are also employed in professional research institutions such as the National Research Institute of Cultural Properties and the Cultural Properties Administration.