Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Korean * - Overview

Department of Linguistics

Contact Information

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

Phone: 716.645.2177
Fax: 716.645.3825
Web Address: http://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/linguistics/undergraduate/language-degrees/korean.html
Jean-Pierre Koenig
EunHee Lee
Program Director


*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 that examine Korean language teaching
  • Korean linguistics

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