Korean Musician photo
Musician (left) playing a changgo, an hourglass-shaped drum, in a traditional Korean ensemble.

Korean is the native language for about 80 million people, mostly of Korean descent. Beyond Korea, the language is a recognised minority language in parts of China, namely Jilin Province, and specifically Yanbian Prefecture and Changbai County. It is also spoken in parts of the Russian island of Sakhalin and parts of Central Asia by the Koryo-saram. Since the turn of the 21st century, aspects of Korean culture has spread to other countries through globalization via cultural exports. As such, interest in Korean language acquisition as a foreign language is also generated by longstanding alliances, military involvement, and diplomacy, such as between South Korea–United States, China–North Korea and North Korea–Russia since the end of World War II and the Korean War.

The Korean language program in PAAS offers a four-semester sequence of courses designed to provide you with the fundamentals of the language and to equip you with a speaking, reading and writing ability that can be used as an effective platform for further study.  

Fall Term 2022 PAAS 128 Introduction to Korean I 
PAAS 228 Pre-Intermediate Korean I
Spring Term 2023 PAAS 129 Introduction to Korean II 
PAAS 229 Pre-Intermediate Korean II

If you have any questions on our program, please contact our advisors