UB Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2007: Korean<sup>*</sup>

Korean*

Department of Linguistics

College of Arts and Sciences
609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Phone: 716.645.2177
Fax: 716.645.3825
Web: http://linguistics.buffalo.edu/Korean/

Karin Michelson
Chair

EunHee Lee
Program Director

About the Program

*Not a baccalaureate degree program
North and South Korea have a combined population of 68 million. Except for a small Chinese minority in South Korea, most of the people are ethnic Koreans, making Korea one of the most homogeneous countries in the world. The Korean language plays an important role in the identity of the Korean people. Korean is spoken in both North and South Korea and is written in Hangul, a phonetic alphabet created in 1446. South Korea has experienced rapid economic growth and development and is considered an Asian economic powerhouse.

The Korean curriculum provides a solid foundation for an understanding and appreciation of the rich culture of Korea. The language and culture courses offered are useful to students who aspire to an East Asia�related academic or professional career in education, government, communications, or business, as well as in other fields in the United States or abroad.
The curriculum of the Korean program includes:
� Courses designed to develop or improve competence in written and spoken Korean through the advanced level
� Courses on Korean culture (taught in English)
� Courses for the advanced study of Korean literature (taught in English)
� Courses that examine Korean business, Korean language teaching, and Korean linguistics

Advisement

The Korean language program offers three years of classroom instruction, from elementary Korean to advanced Korean. There are also courses in literature, culture, linguistics, and business Korean. Students interested in a career that combines Korean and another field may choose a special major in Korean, which can be arranged in consultation with the program coordinator and the undergraduate advising office.

Students with advanced Korean proficiency should consult with the program advisor to arrange an appropriate program.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Serious students of Korean are strongly encouraged to take Korea-related courses across the university curriculum and to study in Korea for a summer, a semester, or full academic year. For study abroad options, see the Study Abroad section or contact the Study Abroad Programs office at (716) 645-3912.

Of interest to students enrolled in Korean language courses is the Asian Studies Program, which offers a major in Asian Studies and a minor in Asian Studies. For information, contact Thomas Burkman, Director, 714 Clemens Hall at (716) 645-3474, or burkman@buffalo.edu.

Career Opportunities/Further Study

The courses offered in the Korean program give students the opportunity to develop advanced skills in a strategic Asian language and to study the people and culture of Korea.

The study of Korean complements the social sciences interdisciplinary programs in international studies and Asian studies, as well as bachelor's degrees in business administration, geography, and international business and world trade. Given Korea's geopolitical importance, its massive and growing economy, and U.S. interest in Korea as a trading partner, the need for large numbers of U.S. citizens who are fluent speakers of Korean and who have knowledge of the culture will continue to grow.

Korean - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

Application should be made after completion of the prerequisite courses or during the semester in which they are completed.

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in required courses is necessary to earn the minor.

Students with advanced Korean proficiency should consult with the program advisor to arrange appropriate program.

Prerequisite Courses

KOR 101-KOR 102 Elementary Korean I-II or KOR 104 Transitional Korean (or equivalent proficiency)

Required Courses

KOR 201 Intermediate Korean I
KOR 202 Intermediate Korean II
KOR 301 Third-year Korean I
KOR 302 Third-year Korean II
Two Korea-related or Korean language courses, which may include one course from another department.

Course Descriptions

KOR 101 First-Year Korean

Credits:  5
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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First-year (elementary) Korean aims to help students acquire elementary proficiency in Korean. Not open to students who have previous exposure to the Korean language. Places special focus on mastering pronunciation, writing system, basic vocabulary, and basic grammar used in carrying out simple real-life tasks. Students can expect a chance to understand cultural difference and identity as well.

KOR 102 First-Year Korean

Credits:  5
Semester:
Prerequisites:  KOR 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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First-year (elementary) Korean aims to help students acquire elementary proficiency in Korean. Not open to students who have previous exposure to the Korean language. Places special focus on mastering pronunciation, writing system, basic vocabulary, and basic grammar used in carrying out simple real-life tasks. Students can expect a chance to understand cultural difference and identity as well.

KOR 104 Transitional Korean

Credits:  5
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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For students who have either 1) had previous experience with Korean but would benefit from a review before going into intermediate level courses, or 2) been exposed to Korean informally in their home setting, but who do not speak Korean fluently and who have not had any formal training in Korean, and are not literate in Korean.

KOR 201 Second-Year Korean

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  KOR 102 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Equips students with intermediate communicative skills in Korean. Expects students to initiate and be engaged in spontaneous dialogues with little difficulty. Students should be able to understand simple Korean text and compose short essays in Korean. Emphasizes expansion of knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

KOR 202 Second-Year Korean

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  KOR 201 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Equips students with intermediate communicative skills in Korean. Expects students to initiate and be engaged in spontaneous dialogues with little difficulty. Students should be able to understand simple Korean text and compose short essays in Korean. Emphasizes expansion of knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

KOR 211 Introduction to Korea

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces Korean culture and society, including readings and discussions of Korean history, politics, economy, art, literature, and language. Taught in English.

KOR 301 Third-Year Korean

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  KOR 202 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Helps students to achieve advanced proficiency in Korean and become familiar with Korean culture. Expects students to engage in conversations on various concrete and abstract topics, and to improve their skills for understanding authentic Korean texts and composing essays in Korean. Students also expand their vocabulary, including basic Chinese characters.

KOR 302 Third-Year Korean

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  KOR 301 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Helps students to achieve advanced proficiency in Korean and become familiar with Korean culture. Expects students to engage in conversations on various concrete and abstract topics, and to improve their skills for understanding authentic Korean texts and composing essays in Korean. Students also expand their vocabulary, including basic Chinese characters.

KOR 331 Korean Literature I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  two years of Korean language study or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Begins with a brief historical introduction to Korean literature. Students read and discuss various genres of Korean literature, including essays, novels, poetry, and drama.

KOR 332 Korean Literature II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  two years of Korean language study and/or KOR 331 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Second half of the KOR 331-KOR 332 sequence. Continues with study of essays, novels, poetry, and drama, focusing on modern to contemporary literature.

KOR 351 Korean Literature in Translation I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  ENG 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Classical Korean literature from early times to the 19th century, taught in two parts--prose and poetry. Prose includes folktales, essays, short stories (18th C ) and pansori novels (18-19th C). Poetry includes hyangga (the oldest poems before 10th C), shijo (10th-19th C), and kasa (18th-19th C). Crosslisted with ENG 463.

KOR 352 Korean Literature in Translation II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  ENG 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Modern Korean literature since the 20th century, taught in two parts--prose and poetry. Prose is confined to short stories (Danpyunsosul), and they can be categorized into three distinctive periods of time: Japanese occupation (1905-1945), liberation and Korean wartime (1940�s-50�s), and industrialization (1960�s and after). Poetry (Hyundaishi) is from modern Korean poets, and they can be more easily classified according to the themes.

KOR 371 Business Korean

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  KOR 202 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Incorporates readings and conversations based on Korean business culture. Introduces cultural aspects of business and strategies for business conversation.

KOR 372 Business Korean

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  KOR 202 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Incorporates readings and conversations based on Korean business culture. Introduces cultural aspects of business and strategies for business conversation.

KOR 411 Introduction to Korean Linguistics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Lays the groundwork for an understanding of how the Korean language operates. No prior knowledge of Korean is necessary, but does require a familiarity with basic linguistic theory. Students are introduced to major phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic characteristics of Korean in light of linguistic/cognitive universals and cross-linguistic variations.

KOR 451 Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  three years of Korean language study or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Helps students teach Korean as a foreign language to English speakers. We discuss a wide range of issues related to the teaching of Korean including various language teaching methods and their application to Korean teaching, textbooks and supplementary teaching materials, designing curricula and syllabi, testing and evaluation, and incorporating Korean culture. Students develop lesson plans, materials, and class activities. Graduate students read and discuss selected current research articles, give teaching demonstrations, and write a term paper. Undergraduate students participate in tutoring.

KOR 481 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Topics vary each semester.

KOR 482 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Topics vary each semester.

KOR 496 Internship/Practicum

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and organizations in Western New York and/or nationwide.

KOR 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester:
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

For advanced students of Korean.

Updated: Jul 27, 2006 3:56:52 PM