Korean Language

Program Offerings

The Department of East Asian Studies offers a wide range of undergraduate classes at the highest standards of academic, linguistic and cultural competence focused on China, Japan and Korea. It provides an opportunity for students who plan to major in other disciplines to simultaneously pursue a high level of proficiency in one or more East Asian language (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) and acquire the basic knowledge about the literature, history and culture of East Asia. The student’s work is supervised by the faculty members of the department, whose work covers East Asian literature, history, film and media, and anthropology. Students are also encouraged to work with other faculty members conducting research in and teaching on East Asia.

Goals for Student Learning

The main learning goal of the Korean language minor is to acquire a solid grasp of the language. There are three components of this overall goal. First, the student will take six language courses, two or more of which must be beyond the second-year level. After taking these courses, students will have the ability to read, write, listen and speak in Korean. The student is also required to take one or more EAS-prefix course or cognate course related to East Asia, giving a foundation in some aspects of East Asian culture. Finally, the student is required to complete a substantial piece of research (20–25 pages) based at least in part on primary sources in the Korean language. These components ensure that the student not only acquires a high level of language competency but also can apply this competency in original research that is well-informed by an understanding of East Asian culture and history.

Admission to the Program

The program is open to undergraduates in all departments. Students interested in earning a minor are encouraged to apply no earlier than the spring of sophomore year and no later than the spring of junior year. Final application materials, including the written work form, should be filed with the Department of East Asian Studies office by the deadline of one week before Dean's Date in the spring of the student's senior year, at the latest.

Program of Study

A student majoring in a department other than East Asian Studies may earn a language minor in Korean by completing seven courses, including six language courses (two or more of which must be beyond the second-year level) and at least one EAS or cognate course. East Asian studies majors focusing on Chinese or Japanese language may earn a language minor in Korean, but may not also earn an East Asian studies minor offered by the Program in East Asian Studies. Courses taken on a pass/D/fail basis will not be counted.

Students must also complete a substantial piece of research (20–25 pages) based at least in part on Korean language sources dealing with aspects of East Asia. The topic must be in the humanities or social sciences. The paper could be either an original piece of research or a junior paper or senior thesis. If the paper or senior thesis is written for another department, at least half of the work must be on East Asia.

Students placing into language courses beyond the second-year level should plan to satisfy the language course requirements for the minor with higher level courses. If there are no suitable higher level language courses available, students may seek permission from the EAS director of undergraduate studies to substitute some EAS-prefixed and cognate courses for language work.


Independent Work

The written work requirement can be a paper written exclusively/independently for the language minor, another piece of work (i.e., a senior thesis, junior paper or substantial seminar paper), or a hybrid (i.e., a previous paper that is independently expanded to meet all criteria).

Study Abroad

Courses taken abroad in summer language programs (i.e., Princeton in Korea) or over the course of a semester or year at other institutions may count toward minor requirements. Preapproval for any non-Princeton program coursework must be obtained from the EAS director of undergraduate studies.

Additional Information

For additional information and application instructions, please contact EAS undergraduate administrator Anna Lovett ([email protected]).

Please consult the Program in East Asian Studies offerings page for more information on the East Asian studies minor.


  • Chair

    • Anna M. Shields
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies

    • Xin Wen
  • Director of Graduate Studies

    • Atsuko Ueda
  • Professor

    • Amy B. Borovoy
    • Janet Y. Chen
    • Thomas D. Conlan
    • Sheldon M. Garon
    • Martin Kern
    • Anna M. Shields
    • Atsuko Ueda
  • Associate Professor

    • He Bian
    • Ksenia Chizhova
    • Steven Chung
    • Paize Keulemans
    • Federico Marcon
    • Brian R. Steininger
  • Assistant Professor

    • Xin Wen
    • Trenton W. Wilson
    • Junko Yamazaki
  • Associated Faculty

    • Jonathan C. Gold, Religion
    • Thomas W. Hare, Comparative Literature
    • G. John Ikenberry, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Bryan D. Lowe, Religion
    • Ryo Morimoto, Anthropology
    • James M. Raymo, Sociology
    • Stephen F. Teiser, Religion
    • Rory Truex, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Cheng-hua Wang, Art and Archaeology
    • Andrew M. Watsky, Art and Archaeology
    • Yu Xie, Sociology
  • University Lecturer

    • Shinji Sato
  • Senior Lecturer

    • Ho Jung Choi
    • Tomoko Shibata
    • Yukari Tokumasu
    • Jing Wang
  • Lecturer

    • Jin Dong
    • Fang-Yen Hsieh
    • Luanfeng Huang
    • Xinyue Huang
    • TAE NA KIM
    • Susie Kim
    • Jue Lu
    • Yinqiu Ma
    • Hisae Matsui
    • Ying Ou
    • Zheyu Su
    • Megumi Watanabe
    • Fang Yan
    • Namseok Yong
    • Yuseon Yun
    • Jieyun Zhu
  • Visiting Professor

    • Nicola Di Cosmo

For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.


KOR 101 - Elementary Korean I Fall

Elementary Korean is designed for beginning students who intend to build a solid foundation for further study in the Korean language. The course provides four balanced language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - needed for basic communication. It emphasizes the ability to use Korean appropriately and introduces students to useful information concerning culture and daily life in Korea. Staff

KOR 102 - Elementary Korean II Spring

A continuation of KOR 101. Continued development of proficiency in basic communication by balancing four language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Staff

KOR 103 - Intensive Korean I Fall

The first part of Intensive Korean is designed for heritage students who have already had considerable amount of exposure to the Korean language and culture but have not received any formal instruction before their arriving at Princeton. It covers the Elementary Korean material focusing on vocabulary building, grammar, reading and writing. Staff

KOR 105 - Intermediate Korean I Fall

Intermediate Korean is designed for students who have learned the basics of the Korean language and want to improve their competence to a higher level. Complex sentences and grammar are covered while the basics are reviewed. Balancing four language skills -- listening, speaking, reading, and writing -- is emphasized. Staff

KOR 107 - Intermediate Korean II Spring

A continuation of KOR 105. Continued development of four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in Korean. Complex grammatical structures and irregularities are taught while the basics are reviewed. Idiomatic expressions are introduced. Journals are kept for writing practice. Staff

KOR 108 - Intensive Korean II Spring

A continuation of KOR 103, this course covers the Intermediate Korean material focusing on complex grammatical structures, reading, and writing. Journals are kept for writing practice. Staff

KOR 301 - Advanced Korean I Fall

Advanced Korean is designed to develop fluency in both oral and literary skills. Expansion of vocabulary, practice in reading comprehension as well as active skills of conversation and writing are stressed through short readings and class discussion. Readings include different styles of writings on various topics including Korean culture, society, and history. Staff

KOR 302 - Advanced Korean II Spring

A continuation of KOR 301. Continued development of proficiency in speaking and reading through short readings and class discussion. Vocabulary learning and discourse skills are emphasized. Staff

KOR 303 - Integrative Korean I Fall

Integrative Korean course is designed to promote students' proficiency to the advanced-mid level and to enhance their continued development of literacy skills in Korean. Various authentic reading and audiovisual materials are reviewed in class discussion, presentation skills are emphasized, and a wider range of formal vocabulary is introduced. Staff

KOR 308 - Integrative Korean II Spring

A continuation of KOR 303. Focusing on stabilizing literacy development through a variety of authentic reading materials, class discussions, presentations, and various writing assignments. Expanding advanced-level vocabulary is also emphasized. Staff

KOR 401 - Contemporary Korean Language and Culture I Fall

The fifth-year Korean language course is designed to accelerate students' proficiency to the high-advanced level and to promote a deeper level of understanding of contemporary Korea and its people. A wide range of social, cultural and economic issues are covered through the use of various media resources (e.g., dramas, films, songs, commercials, newspapers, websites) as well as short essays. Classroom discussions are conducted in Korean. Staff

KOR 402 - Contemporary Korean Language and Culture II Spring LA

Reading and discussion of thoughts and issues related to the contemporary Korean society. Readings drawn from a variety of sociocultural and historical as well as sociolinguistic topics include family, marriage, education, technology and changes in the Korean language. Class discussions are conducted in Korean. Staff

KOR 405 - Readings in Modern Korean l (also EAS 405) Fall LA

The sixth-year Korean language course is designed to advance students' reading and writing skills to the superior level and to promote a deeper understanding of the Korean language, culture, society, and history. Readings cover various types of authentic materials (e.g., editorials, think pieces, essays, and contemporary literary short stories). Discussion and presentation skills in formal settings (i.e., academic and professional) are also emphasized. Class discussions are conducted in Korean. Staff

KOR 407 - Readings in Modern Korean II (also EAS 406) Spring LA

Continued development of literacy skills to the superior level. Focusing on critical thinking through reading and writing in Korean. The course covers a wide range of sociocultural and political as well as sociolinguistic issues presented in classic short stories, poems, and historical texts. A term project is assigned for the second half of the course. Staff