Korean Language and Literature
The Department of Korean Language and Literature aims at the creative inheritance and development of Korean culture though the study of Korean language and literature. To achieve this aim, the department studies the structure and history of the Korean language, attempts to understand and evaluate the past and its literary products. As Korean life is intertwined with its language, and the spirit of that life is contained within Korean literary works, the study of Korean language and literature lies at the core of Korean humanities. The Department of Korean Language and Literature offers advanced training in Korean language and literature. The curriculum is divided into Korean linguistics, classical Korean literature, and modern Korean literature. Undergraduates are required to take courses in all three areas so as to get sound training in the basic features of Korean language and literature. Such knowledge serves well not only those destined to go on to graduate studies in the field, but also aids those working in various careers after graduation.
Students run various extracurricular activities through the department's Student Association, whose chair and officers are elected every year. The elected officers serve other students in the department by organizing departmental events and looking after student welfare. Undergraduates in the department also belong to various student-led "academic societies" according to their respective interests. Such academic gatherings are run autonomously by students and anyone is free to join them. At the gatherings, students are able to inform themselves of a broad range of subjects in addition to their fields of interest. The academic societies were formed with the purpose of providing a forum for free and earnest exchange of opinions between students on the state of affairs in Korean society and on the rightful stance of the intellectual vis-à-vis on-going events in society.
After graduation, students seek employment on the job market or enroll in graduate studies. In the past most have worked as journalists, producers and writers, as junior-high and high school teachers, as novelist, poets and literary critics, and as copywriters in the advertising industry or in the financial sector (banks, securities firms, credit card firms, insurance companies). Nowadays, however, many students also go on to work in internet-related companies and multimedia firms. As for those continuing on to advanced studies in graduate school, while some choose to seek employment after obtaining the master's degree, most choose to continue on to the doctoral program. Those graduating with a Ph.D. may be found teaching at universities throughout the country, and play leading roles in the field of Korean language and literature.