Explore Korean at UTA—한국어를 배워요!


Part of the Critical Languages and International Studies section, our mission is to promote global competence through the study of the language, literature, and business environments of Korean.

Korean is spoken by 78 million speakers as a first language, which makes it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. In the United States, it is spoken by over one million people as a heritage language. South Korea’s energy today is reflected in contemporary art, film, literature, music, and drama, as well as in its robust economy. Indeed, South Korea’s economy ranks Number 3 in Asia and Number 13 in the world. The National Security Education Program considers Korean a language critical for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. Today, South Korea is the world’s leader in information technology and is an important player in engineering.

Our innovative curriculum is designed to maximize the success of both language learners and heritage speakers of Korean who grew up with Korean at home. Through experiential learning in language classes, as well as in more advanced courses in literature, culture, linguistics, and localization and translation, we train our students to be multilingual and intercultural. In addition to linguistic and cultural competence, students gain valuable skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.

Korean graduates are prepared for job opportunities in a wide range of fields:

  • The language services industry (localization and translation)
  • Education
  • Research
  • Writing, publishing, and the media
  • Health, legal, and social services
  • Business
  • Government
  • International relations
  • The cultural heritage sector: museums, libraries, and archives 


BA in Critical Languages and International Studies-Korean

All majors in Critical Languages and International Studies-Korean are required to take:

  • GLOBAL 2301 Introduction to Global Issues
  • KORE 1441 Beginning Korean I
  • KORE 1442 Beginning Korean II
  • KORE 2313 Intermediate Korean I
  • KORE 2314 Intermediate Korean II
  • 15 additional hours in Korean at the 3000/4000 level
  • 12 additional hours in International Studies at the 3000/4000 level, chosen from the following themes:
  • International Issues (Business, Ethics, and Sustainability)
  • Humanities (Culture, History, and Literature)
  • Socio-Cultural Perspectives (Social, Political, and Cultural Studies)

BBA in International Business-Korean

In cooperation with MODL, the College of Business Administration offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual concentration in International Business and Korean

Minor in Korean

People with foreign language abilities have a distinct advantage in the career marketplace, and they can use those skills to assist them in varying fields, such as business, government, healthcare, as well as legal and social services. Minoring in Korean is a great way for you to gain a distinguishing, marketable skill while opening your eyes to another culture.

Requirements for a Minor in Korean

  • KORE 1442*
  • KORE 2313
  • KORE 2314
  • 9 hours of 3000- or 4000-level Korean coursework

* Note: Although KORE 1441 is not required for the minor, KORE 1441 with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite for KORE 1442. Likewise, a C or better is required for each course in the series in order to enroll in the next.


Hyuna Choi

Senior Lecturer of Korean

Hyuna Choi

Email: hyuna.choi@uta.edu

Office: 012 Trimble Hall

Sok Ju Kim

Section Head of CLIS

Coordinator of Korean

Associate Professor of Instruction in Korean

Sok Ju Kim

Email: sjukim@uta.edu

Office: 312 Hammond Hall

Yeonmi Choi

Senior Lecturer of Korean

Yeonmi Choi

Email: ymchoi@uta.edu

Office: 012 Trimble Hall


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