Korean Studies

Program Description

This certificate program in Korean Studies offers an 18-credit sequence of courses and is intended to provide students with a rich learning experience in Korean Studies to learn more about this increasingly important region of the world and to enhance the student’s career competitiveness upon graduation. The program provides a multidisciplinary approach focusing on Korean cultural studies while covering topics in history, geography, politics, religion, sociology/anthropology, and international relations. This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students only.

Requirements (18 Credits)

A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses (C- is not acceptable).

  • 12 credits focusing on Korean Studies and East Area Studies (history, religion, international relations, sociology, etc.) from the coursework listed below to be chosen with the approval of the Director with a “C” or better, with 6 credits of ASN prefix courses; in addition to the courses listed here, relevant special topics, area studies, or comparative studies courses may also be applied. These courses represent a partial list; students should consult with an advisor for the certificate program about current course offerings and a full list of courses accepted for the certificate.
  • Two semesters (6 credits) of Introductory-level (1000) or higher in Korean Language. (First year language courses are 5-credits each, for a total of 10, but a maximum of 6 credits will be applied to the certificate). If students test out of some portion of this requirement, they must complete additional credits in Korean and/or East Asia society and culture. Korean language may be substituted by a Korean Studies course if a language course is not available.

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • ASH 3993 Introduction to Korean History (new course approved for Fall 2023)
  • ASH 4300 East Asian Civilization
  • ASH 4384 History of Women in Asia
  • ASN 3153 Topics in Korean Culture
  • ASN 3154 Traditional and Modern Korea
  • ASN 3200 Asia Through Film
  • ASN 3202 Japanese Anime and Manga
  • ASN 3210 K-Pop and J-Pop Culture
  • ASN 3329 Women in Asian Society
  • ASN 3403 Zen and the Art of Tea Ceremony I
  • ASN 3410 Introduction to East Asia –GL
  • ASN 3414 Pop Culture of East Asia
  • ASN 3503 Exploring East Asia: Virtual Reality Travel
  • ASN 3931 Special Topics in Asian Studies
  • ASN 4111 Japan and the New East
  • ASN 4390 Modern Asia
  • ASN 4404 Zen and the Art of Tea Ceremony II
  • ASN 4510 Dynamics of Asia
  • ASN 4810 East Asian Classics to Cool Writings in Translation
  • GEA 3704 People, Place, and Environment of East Asia
  • INR 3224 International Relations of East Asia
  • SYP 3456 Societies in the World

Language Courses (6 credits)

  • KOR 1113 Korean I
  • KOR 1132 Korean II
  • KOR 2220 Intermediate Korean I
  • KOR 2950 Exploring Korean Language Through Culture

For a complete list of available courses, visit the Undergraduate Courses page.

Study Abroad (Optional)

Students are encouraged to earn credits through a study abroad (summer travel) or student exchange (one or two semesters travel) program with a university in Korea. Students may earn three to six credits for study abroad and up to fifteen credits for student exchange. Please inquire with the Director or with the Office of Education Abroad about international programs.

Note: No more than two courses (6 credits) from the Asian Studies BA degree or Minor can be counted towards the certificate.

For questions about a particular course, please email asian@fiu.edu.