Korea Studies

Korea Studies Program

Preparing the next generation of leaders and professionals in Korean Affairs through in-depth study of issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

Korea Studies Program

Preparing the next generation of leaders and professionals in Korean Affairs through in-depth study of issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

Korea Studies Program

Preparing the next generation of leaders and professionals in Korean Affairs through in-depth study of issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

Korea Studies Program

Preparing the next generation of leaders and professionals in Korean Affairs through in-depth study of issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

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 related events and collaborating with visiting scholars hosted at the US-Korea Insitute at SAIS (USKI).
Located in the heart of Washington, DC, many students choose to pursue internships and opportunities outside the classroom to enhance their education.
 

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Curriculum

 

Korea Studies | M.A. Academic Requirements

Korea Studies Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2013-2014

Students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 or 14 courses as approved by Academic Affairs.
 
KOREA STUDIES
Students concentrating in Korea Studies must take at least 3 courses within this program.
 
ASIAN STUDIES
Students also must fulfill the general requirements for the field of Asian Studies, that is, an additional 3 Asian Studies courses, outside of Korea Studies. One of those courses must be from China Studies and one must be from Japan Studies.
 
Students in Korea Studies also have the option of pursuing a specialization in the International Relations of Asia (AsiaIR).
 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Microeconomics
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro and/or Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Students must complete one course from the list below.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Risk Analysis and Modeling
·         Corporate Finance (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         Quantitative Methods in International Relations (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses. Korean Studies concentrators must pass Comparative National Systems as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative National Systems
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations
 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Korean Studies MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in Korean. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS. Native Korean speakers must pass proficiency in a second language which can include English.
 

CAPSTONE

Koran Studies MA concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
 
1.     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.
2.     Korea Studies Oral Exam
3.     MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)
 
*For those whose final semester is fall, consult the Program Director for due date.
 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010

Curriculum

 

Korea Studies | M.A. Academic Requirements

Korea Studies Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2013-2014

Students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 or 14 courses as approved by Academic Affairs.
 
KOREA STUDIES
Students concentrating in Korea Studies must take at least 3 courses within this program.
 
ASIAN STUDIES
Students also must fulfill the general requirements for the field of Asian Studies, that is, an additional 3 Asian Studies courses, outside of Korea Studies. One of those courses must be from China Studies and one must be from Japan Studies.
 
Students in Korea Studies also have the option of pursuing a specialization in the International Relations of Asia (AsiaIR).
 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Microeconomics
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro and/or Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Students must complete one course from the list below.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Risk Analysis and Modeling
·         Corporate Finance (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         Quantitative Methods in International Relations (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses. Korean Studies concentrators must pass Comparative National Systems as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative National Systems
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations
 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Korean Studies MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in Korean. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS. Native Korean speakers must pass proficiency in a second language which can include English.
 

CAPSTONE

Koran Studies MA concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
 
1.     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.
2.     Korea Studies Oral Exam
3.     MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)
 
*For those whose final semester is fall, consult the Program Director for due date.
 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010

Waiver Exams

Faculty

Featured Courses

The Korea Studies Program offers 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.
  1. Fall 2013

    Presidents and Power Elites of South Korea

    This course covers South Korean political history through reviewing what...

  2. Fall 2013

    Korea's Economic Development

    The course provides an overview of the North and South...

  3. Fall 2013

    The Japanese and Korean Political Economies in Comparative Perspective

    This course examines the organization and functioning of Asia's two...

  4. Spring 2014

    South Korea in East Asia

    This introductory course will cover important aspects of South Korea...

  5. Spring 2014

    North Korea: Policymaking Primer

    This course examines critical issues facing policymakers in and around...

  6. Spring 2014

    History and Development of Civil Society in South Korea

    As a rearview mirror course for the above, "Presidents and...

Program Activities

 

Research Opportunities

Students in Korea Studies are encouraged to work as research assistants for visiting scholars and staff at the U.S.-Korea Institute (USKI) at SAIS, an independent research institute that sponsors the Korea Studies Program.  

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 SAIS community, the luncheon is intended to provide a forum for informal and candid exchanges between guest speakers and students.  

U.S.-Korea Institute Events

Tasked with a mission to increase understanding in and about the Korean peninsula through educational offerings, research and public outreach, USKI hosts a variety of Korea-related events, seminars and conferences throughout the year. One of USKI’s monthly events is the USKI Brown Bag Lunch Seminar, which invites leading scholars and practitioners of Korean affairs to share their research interests and career experiences in a casual and intimate setting. All SAIS students are welcome to attend USKI’s public and SAIS community-only events.  

Fellowships

Every year, the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS offers academic and summer fellowships to competitive students who have demonstrated academic excellence and commitment to Korea studies. More details about the application process for the academic and summer fellowships will be announced in January and March of 2013 respectively.


Program Activities: Washington, D.C.

Program Activities: Europe

Program Activities: Nanjing

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 hosted by the US-Korea Institute (USKI) at SAIS.

2014

  1. SAIS Asia Conference: Development and Security in Asia 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM Apr3

    Various speakers will participate in the conference. Stephen Bosworth, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, will deliver morning remarks, and John Negroponte, former U.S. deputy secretary of state and former director of national intelligence, will deliver afternoon remarks. For a complete agenda, visit: http://asiaconference.org/.

Research

Our Alumni

 

Our Alumni

Korea Studies alumni go on to pursue successful careers in various organitions, sectors, and countries, including but not limited to:

  • US State Department
  • US Department of Energy
  • US Department of Treasury
  • Management Counseling
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Academia
We encourage our alumni to keep in touch both in person and online, via our Facebook group.

External Resources

 

U.S. Korea Institute Fellowships

 
The purpose of the U.S.-Korea Institute is to increase information and understanding of Korea and Korean affairs. The Institute supports courses, fellowships, research, and academic enterprises in Korea Studies at SAIS. It provides a limited number of fellowships to support students who study Korea at SAIS.
 
Requirements:
Students applying for this award must pursue the Korea Studies concentration at SAIS. Priority for this award will be given to U.S. and other non-Korean citizens, but is open to all students in the Korea Studies program. Students receiving this award must maintain a 3.25 GPA, make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling Korea Studies requirements, attend all monthly Korea Studies Luncheons and actively participate in U.S.-Korea Institute events. Some awardees may be asked to work for the Institute or as an RA.
 
Award:
The amount of the award is variable, depending upon merit, experience, and financial need. These awards are renewable for the second year of study at SAIS, provided the student fulfills the requirements specified above.
 
Application Procedures:
Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae or résumé, along with a brief (350-400 word) essay detailing their interest in Korea, their plan of study at SAIS, and their future goals. Applications for the fellowship are due to the U.S.-Korea Institute by February 15, 2014. Submit applications to scraig10@jhu.edu or fax to 202-663-5736.

Contact Us

Sarabeth Craig
Program Coordinator

scraig10@jhu.edu
202-650-5405
1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 629
Washington, DC 20036

Address & Phone

Korea Studies
Bernstein-Offit Building, 6th Floor
1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
  • 202-650-5405
  • 202-663-5736