Welcome to the Korean Program of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Texas at Arlington! 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

Explore Korean at UTA—한국어를 배워요!


In addition to language classes, which focus on the development of linguistic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, the Korean program offers advanced courses on a diverse range of topics and specialties in literature, culture, linguistics, and localization and translation. Some courses are available online.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Minor in Localization and Translation-Korean
  • Minor in Modern Language Teaching-Korean

Student Group

Korean Student Group Korean Culture Association

The Korean Culture Association (KCA) is a community for students who are interested in promoting the Korean language and culture on campus. All UTA students, not only those enrolled in our courses, are invited to visit the KCA. We meet regularly to host events in celebration of Korean culture.

  • Student Orientation
  • KCA Spring Festival
  • ISO Cultural Showcase
  • Dance Showcase
  • Dance Showcase

Faculty Advisor

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Study Abroad in South Korea

UT Arlington, through the Office of International Education, offers a variety of opportunities for students to study abroad at reasonable prices. Students participating in the UTA Reciprocal Exchange Programs in Fall, Spring, or Summer, can use UT Arlington Financial Aid Scholarships.

Our study abroad opportunities and scholarships are supported by the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies.