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Korean Studies (Heritage Speaker)

Major

Korean Studies provides a broad foundation in communication skills, and offers a range of units of study that enable you to better understand the language, culture and society in Korea. This major will not only open the doors to the language but also to the history, society and culture of a dynamic country that stands at the centre of Northeast Asia.

Develop skills in related research and analytical writing, Korean language, and the in-depth understanding of linguistic, political, social and cultural issues related to traditional, modern and contemporary Korea.

Whether you are a beginner or native speaker, you have been swept along by the 'Korean wave', or you are intrigued by Korea's strategic position or long cultural accomplishments, a Korean Studies major will be a rewarding experience. You will learn to function competently in the globalising world, and will be prepared for a successful career in Korea-related fields including employment in the public service, business and academia.

Students will follow the appropriate pathway specified in the unit of study tables, based on their individual language level. Students completing any of the pathways for a major will be awarded a major in Korean Studies.

Appropriate language units are determined either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate (as listed in the pathways linked above) or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement. If you are unsure of your language level or which pathway is appropriate for you, please contact the Department for advice.

The Korean Studies (Heritage Speakers) pathway is suitable for native or heritage speakers of Korean or HSC Korean in Context.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to theĀ Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

About this major

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Communications and media officer
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Cultural or development officer
  • International relations and trade
  • Language specialist
  • Teacher (with further study)
  • Policy analyst
  • Public service positions
  • Translator and interpreter
  • Travel and tourism consultant
Career pathways

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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