Why Study Korean?
Korea has a vision for the future of cities in the world and as such is promoting two futuristic themes: the Korean Wave of Culture (Hallyu) and the Korean Wave of Economy. We can already see these themes among teenagers and young adults in Latin America, India and the West where young adults enjoy K[orean]-pop, K-drama and K-video games, and where they have become acutely interested in South Korean fashion and lifestyles, as well as using cutting-edge Korean products. Being able to speak and understand the Korean language is thus a tool for understanding and using this “soft” power.
The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi began offering instruction in Korean in the fall of 2011 and now offers four full years of instruction and an undergraduate minor in the Korean language, making it one of a select few universities with such a comprehensive program. Classes in Korean language average 7-12 students and students have the opportunity to study abroad in Korea during the summer or the semester. The minor in Korean requires the completion of 15 hours of Korean courses, exclusive of 100-level courses and Kor 211. A maximum of 9 credits for the minor may be taken through an approved study abroad program.
- KLEAR (Korean Language Education and Research Center) Textbook + Audio Files
- Dictionary in Korean
- News + Press in Korean
- Radio Feeds in Korean
- Television Feeds in Korean + KBS World TV + Arirang TV
- MBC K-Pop + MBC Drama
- How-To: UM Library Search
Korean Tutoring Club
Our weekly informal conversation group, during which the Korean faculty help students of the language develop their language skills.
— Wednesdays 1:00p-2:00p @ the Residential College
Go Away! We encourage all students to immerse themselves in the study abroad experience. The Study Abroad Office offers programs in South Korea where students at all levels of Korean study a variety of linguistic, literary, and cultural topics.
The Korean faculty at the Department of Modern Languages has expertise in language pedagogy and Korean culture. Our Korean classes feature low faculty-to-student ratios allowing students to work closely with the Korean faculty.
Scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships help many students study Korean. Modern Languages awards scholarships to students of Korean, the College of Liberal Arts awards additional scholarships, and other financial support is available from the Office of Financial Aid.