South Korea has been named the world's most innovative country on the Bloomberg Innovation Index every year since 2014, and it leads the East Asian region in areas such as democracy and healthcare. South Korea has growing influence in global popular culture due to the Korean Wave, and it is on the front line of one of the most pressing geo-political issues facing the world today. Korean promises to be a highly sought-after language in business, politics, and entertainment, and this certificate will mark your investment in understanding and engaging Korea's growing influence.

About the Foreign Language Area Studies - Korean Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Develop competencies and familiarity with the basic Korean language
  • Gain knowledge of Korean traditions, customs, history, and culture
  • Understand how to function appropriately and effectively in Korea

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Interview a fluent Korean speaker about a topic and then present a spoken presentation
  • Visit a historical Korean city and learn about its history, from the early origins to the present
  • Create a timeline and annotated bibliography in the class and write a sample press release on a current Korean topic

Foreign Language Area Studies - Korean Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Korean Core Courses (6 credits)

  • KORN 111
  • KORN 112

Related Area Studies Courses (12 credits)

Choose from the following courses:

  • Any KORN course(s) (3 Credits)
  • ANTH 417
  • ASTD 155
  • ASTD 284
  • ASTD 285
  • ASTD 302
  • Other courses related to Korean Studies (3 Credits, ASTD)
  • GVPT 453
  • HIST 382
  • KORN 333

(Contact your academic advisor for additional approved courses)

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • All undergraduate certificate coursework must be completed within two years of enrolling in the first certificate course.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMGC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • You can pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate, but the application for any certificate completed while in progress toward the degree must be submitted before award of the degree.
  • You cannot use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate.
  • In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate can be earned through credit by examination, Prior Learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.
  • Certificates consisting primarily of upper-level coursework may assume prior study in that area. Check prerequisites for certificate courses.
  • Prerequisites for certificate courses can be satisfied by coursework, credit by examination, or Prior Learning portfolio credit.
  • At least half of the total credits for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses for an undergraduate certificate and B (3.0) in all courses for a graduate certificate.
  • Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.

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