Department of Korean Language and Culture

The Department of Korean Language and Culture at PKU has the longest history among post-secondary level Korean Studies programs in China. It was at first established in 1945 as the Korean Language Program of the National Academy of Oriental Languages (Guoli Dongfang Yuyan Zhuanke Xuexiao), renamed in 1949 as the Korean Language Major when incorporated into the Department of Oriental Languages, Peking University, and upgraded to a separate department in 2009.

The department currently has a faculty of seven, including two full professors, three associate professors, one assistant professor, and one lecturer, all of whom hold Ph.D. degrees. Major recent faculty publications include textbooks such as Korean (1-4), Spoken Korean for College Students, Textbook on Chinese-Korean Translation, Textbook on Korean-Chinese Translation, Korean Grammar for College Students, and monographs such as History of the Korean Language, Korean Stylistics, A Brief History of Korean Literature, Practical Korean Grammar, as well as hundreds of articles on various sub-fields of Korean studies, including Korean politics, economy, society, philosophy, literature, linguistics and language education. Our faculty members have conducted multiple national and international research projects. Four of our faculty members have earned Presidential or Prime Minister Awards from the South Korean government for outstanding academic achievements.

The department aims to offer in-depth and leading-edge education on Korean Studies, enrolling on a yearly basis undergraduate and graduate students in Korean literature, culture, linguistics, and language education. Our undergraduate courses include Elementary Korean, Audio-Visual Korean, Spoken Korean, Chinese-Korean/ Korean-Chinese Translation, History of Korean Literature, Korean Grammar, Korean Economy, and History of Korean Foreign Relations, with an emphasis on basic language skills. Students enjoy good opportunities to study in the two Koreas through our international exchanges programs, and are encouraged to take advantage of the rich academic resources of PKU by doing second majors in other fields such as economics, philosophy, and art. Meanwhile, we offer graduate courses in Korean Linguistics, Pre-Modern Korean Literature, History of Korean Thinking, the Korean Peninsula Issue, Modern History of Korean Foreign Relations, Korean Translatology, and Introduction to Korean Language Education, and so forth. Our alumni take jobs in a variety of institutions including universities, think-tanks, trading companies, cultural industries, news agencies, publishing houses, among others, making crucial contributions to the development of Korean Studies and China-Korea relations.