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Minor in Korean Studies

Asia is the home of the most ancient and longest-lived civilizations the world has witnessed and of most of the world’s present population. 

Many of the momentous events of modern times can be evoked by the names of Asian countries: Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asian countries, and Middle Eastern countries. The resolution of many of today’s pressing issues requires an understanding of the needs and interests of the Asian peoples.

Declaring a Minor

Current students can declare a minor in this program through their myUPEI account.

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Requirements for the Minor

The Korean Studies minor consists of twenty-one (21) semester hours of credit (seven courses in total). To obtain a degree with a Minor in Korean Studies, a student must successfully complete:

  • Either AST 2010 or AST 2020
  • One Korean language course (either AST 1012 or AST 1022)
  • Two courses from the Korean Studies Courses group (AST 2101, 2201, 2301, 2401, 3101, 3201, 3301)
  • Three courses taken from: the Asian Language Courses group, Korean Studies Courses group, Asian Studies Elective group, and/or Asian Studies Special Topics/Directed Studies group.

Note: Students are allowed to declare only one minor option: either Asian Studies or Korean Studies.

For any questions or further guidelines, see Ms. Susie Jay (Secretary of Asian Studies, Main 330), call her at (902) 566-0480, or e-mail to jay@upei.ca

Asian Studies Courses

Core Introductory

2010 Introduction to West Asia 
2020 Introduction to East Asia

Special Topics and Directed Studies

2090 Special Topics
3090 Special Topics
4090 Special Topics
4510-4520 Directed Studies

Asian Language Courses

1010 Introduction to [a selected language not listed below] I
1020 Introduction to [a selected language not listed below] II
1011 Introduction to Japanese I
1012 Introduction to Korean I
1013 Introduction to Mandarin Chinese I
1021 Introduction to Japanese II
1022 Introduction to Korean II
1023 Introduction to Mandarin Chinese II

Korean Studies Courses

2101 Korean Civilization
2201 Korean Society and Culture
2301 Korean Religions
2401 Media and Pop-culture in South Korea
3101 Modern Korean History
3201 Korean Art: Traditional and Modern
3301 Korean Cinema

Asian Studies Electives

Peoples and Cultures

Sociology/Anthropology 2120 Peoples of South Asia

Religion and the Arts

Religious Studies 2210 Buddhism East and West
Religious Studies 2420 Hindu Religious Tradition
Religious Studies 2510 Japanese Religion and Culture
Religious Studies 2610 Religion and Philosophy in China

History and Politics

Political Science 3430 - Comparative Politics of South Asia
Political Science 3630 - Comparative Politics of the Middle East

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