Overview
Faculty
Program Activities
Curriculum
Minor
Events Calendar
Our Alumni
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The Korea Studies Program was launched in 2006 in response to a growing demand for intensive study of political, security and economic issues on the Korean Peninsula. In its relatively short history, the program has grown rapidly to become one of the nation’s leading Korea policy studies programs, preparing the next generation of leaders and professionals in the field of Korean affairs.
 
We offer a unique interdisciplinary education that aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of Korea’s modern domestic politics, economics, and history, as well as its foreign policy relations with the United States and neighboring Asian nations. In addition to taking courses that are offered by Korea Studies, students are required to take classes from other Asian Studies programs to develop an understanding of the strategic environment that two Koreas face in regional and global contexts. Korean language classes are offered each semester to ensure students pass a Korean language proficiency test before graduating.

Korea Studies students can enrich their academic experience by attending events hosted at the school. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, many students choose to pursue internships and opportunities outside the classroom to enhance their education.
 

 
Challenges of Reporting on Korea: U.S. & Korean Media Perspectives
Capitol Hill Briefing: The Power of Freedom in Addressing the Divided Korean Family
Two Koreas trip 2018
Two Koreas trip 2018
Two Koreas trip 2018
Two Koreas trip 2018
Korea Studies Study Trip to Korea 2017
Korea Studies Monthly Luncheon featuring Dr, Booseung Chang, a SAIS alumnus, from RAND Corporation, October 2016
Korea Club at the SAIS International Dinner 2016
Training at the Library of Congress, October 2016
SAIS students leraning about Chuseok, Fall 2017
Training at the Library of Congress, October 2016
Korea Club at the SAIS International Dinner 2016
Welcome picnic for new students, September 2016
Welcome picnic for new students, September 2016
Korea Studies Monthly Luncheon featuring Dr. Erik Jones, September 2016
Korea Studies Research Trip, Seoul 2016
Ms. Grace Jo, Vice President of NK in USA, One Korea Forum
2016 Korea Studies Graduation Reception
2016 Korea Studies Mini Conference
Korea Studies Research Trip, Seoul 2016
Korea Studies Research Trip, Seoul 2016
Korea Studies Research Trip, Seoul 2016
Korea Studies Research Trip, Seoul 2016
Korea Studies Research Trip, Seoul 2016
Korea Studies Research Trip, Seoul 2016
Korea Studies Research Trip, Seoul 2016
Korea Studies Research Trip, Seoul 2016
Two Koreas trip 2012_Dorasan Station
Korea Studies student lunch with Ambassador Stephen Bosworth
Korea Studies student Em Potosky presenting at the University of Hawaii 2015 Graduate Student Conference
SAIS students presented on Korea at the University of Hawaii 2015 Graduate Student Conference
SAIS student Kendrick Kuo presented on Korea at the University of Hawaii 2015 Graduate Student Conference
Korea's Economic Development study trip November 2014
Korea's Economic Development study trip November 2014: KAERI Nuclear Research Reactor
Korea's Economic Development study trip November 2014
Korea's Economic Development study trip November 2014: National Assembly
Korea's Economic Development study trip November 2014
Korea's Economic Development study trip November 2014: Lee Jae Oh
Welcome picnic for new students, September 2014
Welcome picnic for new students, September 2014
Welcome picnic for new students, September 2014
Welcome picnic for new students, September 2014
Welcome picnic for new students, September 2014
Class of 2014 graduation reception
Some Korea studies grads, class of 2014
Class of 2014 graduation reception
Korean language Prof. Tak (left) and visiting scholar
Korea studies student (right) mingling with visiting scholars
Samulnori Performance and Lecture with Kim Duk Soo/김덕수
Samulnori Performance and Lecture with Kim Duk Soo/김덕수
Samulnori Performance and Lecture with Kim Duk Soo/김덕수
Korea Studies Luncheon with Congressman An_Nov 2013
Two Koreas trip 2012
Two Koreas trip 2012
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Faculty

Program Activities

 

Korea Studies Monthly Luncheons

Korea Studies organizes a monthly luncheon that features prominent policymakers, practitioners, and scholars of Korean affairs to speak about a wide range of critical issues in the region and share their fields of research and expertise. Open exclusively to the Johns Hopkins SAIS community, the luncheon is intended to provide a forum for informal and candid exchanges between guest speakers and students.

Curriculum

 

Korea Studies | MA Academic Requirements (Entering Class 2018-2019)

Learning Goals and Objectives [5]

MA students must complete 64 credits and all degree requirements in order to graduate.

Students who are approved for a Dual Degree program or with Advanced Standing only need to complete 48 credits or 56 credits as determined by Academic Affairs, but still must fulfill all degree requirements.

 

Korea Studies Concentration

MA students concentrating in Korea Studies must take at least 24 credits of applicable coursework and complete a program capstone. 12 credits must be Korea Studies courses and one of these courses must be The Politics of Vortex? Political History of South Korea (SA.765.704 ). The remaining 12 credits must include one China Studies course, one Japan Studies course and one additional course from any of the programs below:

  • Asian Studies
  • China Studies
  • Japan Studies
  • South Asia Studies
  • Southeast Asia Studies

Capstone
Korea Studies concentrators must complete one of the following capstones:

  • Submission of a substantial (no less than 8,000 words, including footnotes or endnotes) research paper of publishable quality by April 1 of their final semester.* This paper must have Korea as a central focus, and can be the revised product of a regular SAIS course or independent research supervised by a Korea Studies faculty member.
  • Korea Studies Oral Exam
  • MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)

*For those whose final semester is fall, consult the Program Director for due date.

 

International Economics Concentration

MA students must complete a concentration in International Economics (16 credits). The four required courses are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics (pre-requisite or concurrent: Microeconomics)
  • International Trade Theory (pre-requisite: Microeconomics)
  • International Monetary Theory (pre-requisite: Macroeconomics)

If a student is waived [6] from a required course(s), the student must take a replacement International Economics course(s) to fulfill the concentration requirement. Students who received the HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies may use one Level 2 Economics course as a replacement course, but this does not carry any credit value.

Students who pass the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term [7] will have this concentration reduced to 12 credits, but still must complete the remaining required International Economics courses (or a replacement course(s) if waiver exam(s) passed).

International Economics GPA Requirement
Students must achieve an International Economics concentration GPA of at least 2.67.

In the standard case, the concentration GPA is the average of the grades in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory.  If a student completed the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term, the concentration GPA is calculated based on the grades in the remaining required International Economics courses. If one or more of the required courses is waived, the highest grade(s) from any eligible replacement International Economics course(s) is used.

Students who do not meet the minimum International Economics concentration GPA must re-take required courses (or take additional replacement courses if any required course(s) are waived) until the minimum is achieved. The highest grade from any attempt at a required course is used in this calculation.

 

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

MA students must fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (4 credits). Eligible courses include:

  • Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
  • Econometrics (pre-requisite: Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
  • Applied Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Macro Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Risk Analysis and Modeling
  • Quantitative Global Economics (pre-requisite: International Monetary Theory)
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk (pre-requisite: Corporate Finance)

Students may not double-count the same course toward the Quantitative Reasoning requirement and as a replacement International Economics concentration course and vice-versa.

If a student is waived [8] from a Quantiative Reasoning course, the student must take an different course from the list above to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Statistical Methods for Business & Economicscourse  in Pre-Term [7] will have fulfilled the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

 

Core Requirements

MA students must fulfill two Core requirements. Students may fulfill a Core requirement by passing a for-credit Core course or by passing a non-credit Core exam.

For students concentrating in Korea Studies, one of the Core requirements must be:

  • Comparative Politics

This must be completed prior to the start of the third semester.


The second Core requirement may be one of:
  • American Foreign Policy Since WWII
  • Evolution of the International System
  • Theories of International Relations

Students may not take a Core exam in the semester in which they plan to graduate. If Core requirements are not completed before the start of a student’s final semester, the student no longer has the option of completing the exam and must enroll in the Core course(s) for credit.

 

Language Proficiency

MA students must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a non-native language taught at SAIS. Students enroll in non-credit language courses to prepare for the proficiency exam.

Korea Studies concentrators are required to demonstrate proficiency in Korean. Native speakers of Korean must demonstrate proficiency in any other language taught at SAIS, which can include English.

All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering the school, even if not using English for proficiency, and may be required to take additional English language coursework.

 

Electives, Minor, and Specializations

Beyond the requirements, MA students may have room in their degree for electives, a minor, and/or a specialization(s).

Students may pursue an optional minor in any policy/regional area [9] other than General International Relations.

Students may pursue an optional specialization(s) in five areas International Economics [10], the International Relations of Asia [11], or Emerging Markets [12].

 

Program Requirements by Academic Year

Entering Class 2017-2018 [13]
Entering Class 2016-2017 [14]
Entering Class 2015-2016 [15]
Entering Class 2014-2015 [16]
Entering Class 2013-2014 [17]
Entering Class 2012-2013 [18]
Entering Class 2011-2012 [19]
Entering Class 2010-2011 [20]
Entering Class 2009-2010 [21]

Minor

Korea Studies Minor Requirements:

  • 3 Korea Studies (or cross-listed) courses (12 credits)
  • 2 semesters of Korean language study or proficiency

General Minor Requirements:

  • MA students may pursue an optional minor in a policy or regional program. A student cannot pursue a minor in General IR or International Economics, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics [22]
  • A student can have only one minor and can declare a minor at any time prior to graduation.
  • Students do not receive bidding priority for a minor.
  • All minors require three courses. Some minors require a specific course(s) and/or language proficiency.
  • A student may use a maximum of one applicable cross-listed course (4 credits) toward both a minor AND concentration requirements. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area and not from the 2 additional required courses in the other IR or Asia areas.

To add or change a minor, please click HERE [23].

Events

The Korea Studies Program offeres unique opportunities to meet with prominent policymakers, practitioners and scholars of Korean affairs througout the year. Events range from small, private luncheons with guest speakers, to large public events.


Our Alumni

 

Our Alumni

Korea Studies alumni have gone on to work in government, academia, law, non-profits/NGOs and more. The following organizations currently employ Korea Studies alumni:

  • US Department of State
  • US Department of Treasury
  • US Department of Defense
  • US House of Representatives
  • World Bank
  • IHS
  • Empathy for a Better World Foundation
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Sughrue Mion PLLC
  • New York University

 

We encourage our alumni to keep in touch both in person and online, via our Facebook [26] group.

 

 

Contact Us


Seo Ho Lee
Academic Program Coordinator
slee459@jhu.edu [27]
202-663-7721
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036

Address & Phone

Korea Studies
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

202-663-7721

202-827-0625

On the Web

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