Transnational Korean Studies Minor

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Institute of Arts and Humanities
Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 1003
(858) 534-0491

All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

The minor in Transnational Korean Studies is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary program that allows students to explore and deepen their knowledge of Korea, especially in its connections with Asia and beyond. Korean Studies at UC San Diego places special emphasis on modern Korea as a transnational formation, exploring how the peninsula has been shaped and constructed itself under changing historical circumstances and in relation to other nation-states and empires. Course offerings for the minor include the areas of history, literature and language, popular culture, gender and sexuality, music and film, political science, international relations, and globalization. The program comprises two broad categories: (1) “Courses on Korea” and (2) “Korea-Related Courses.” The first category of courses automatically counts toward the minor, while the second category of courses needs to be petitioned through the Program in Transnational Korean Studies. Please consult with the program coordinator regarding Korea-related courses, EAP courses, and other transfer credits.

The minor in Transnational Korean Studies requires that students complete a minimum of twenty-eight (28) units of Korea and/or Korea-related courses. Normally, seven courses add up to twenty-eight units, but only if each course is a four units each. If courses taken offer more than four units (i.e., some Korean language courses), then more than twenty-eight units may be needed to fulfill the program’s minimum requirement.

Students can take a maximum of three lower-division courses; however, the minor does not require lower-division courses. All twenty-eight units can be upper-division courses. Students are not required to take Korean, but we strongly recommend that students take language courses as part of their overall specialization. Students can take up to two upper-division non-language courses for their study abroad program.

Please keep in mind that the approved list of courses is divided into two categories: Korea courses (100 percent Korea content) and Korea-related courses (at least one-third Korea content). Students need to petition to use Korea-related courses and courses where topics vary.

All of the lower- and upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Approved List of Courses

1. Courses on Korea



Korean Language Courses

Korean Politics and Security

2. Korea-Related Courses (petition required for all Korea-related courses)

Asian Cultural Studies

Asian History

Asian American Studies

Critical Gender Studies Program