Korea Studies

Korea Studies Program
Korea Studies Program
Korea Studies Program
Korea Studies Program

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

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

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

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

Overview
Faculty
Program Activities
Curriculum
Minor
Events Calendar
Our Alumni
External Resources
Contact
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 Johns Hopkins SAIS (USKI). Located in the heart of Washington, DC, many students choose to pursue internships and opportunities outside the classroom to enhance their education.
 
One Korea Forum: The Power of Freedom in Addressing the Divided Korean Family
Capitol Hill Briefing: The Power of Freedom in Addressing the Divided Korean Family
Korea Club at the SAIS International Dinner 2016
Korea Club at the SAIS International Dinner 2016
Training at the Library of Congress, October 2016
Training at the Library of Congress, October 2016
Poet Ko Un's Visit to USKI, September 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, USKI Chairman
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
USKI Director Dr. Ku and visiting scholar
Korea studies student (right) mingling with USKI 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
Two Koreas trip 2012_DMZ visit
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Faculty

Program Activities

 

Research Opportunities

Students in Korea Studies are encouraged to work as research assistants for visiting scholars and staff at the US-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 school's community, the luncheon is intended to provide a forum for informal and candid exchanges between guest speakers and students.

 

US-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 students are welcome to attend USKI’s public and school community-only events.

 

Language Exchange

Students are encouraged to participate in the language exchange program between USKI visiting scholars and SAIS students each semester. Visiting scholars enjoy the opportunity to engage with students, learn about another culture, and can often be a good resource for course work and future research. 

 

Fellowships

Every year, the US-Korea Institute offers academic and summer fellowships to competitive students who have demonstrated academic excellence and commitment to Korea studies. Academic year fellowship applications are due mid-February of the preceding semester. More information can be found under "External Resources."

 

Curriculum

 

Korea Studies | MA Academic Requirements

Korea Studies Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2016-2017

MA 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 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.
 
KOREA STUDIES
Students concentrating in Korea Studies must take at least 3 courses within this program. One of the courses must be The Politics of Vortex? Political History of South Korea (SA.765.704).
 
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 Microeconomics 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.

Students must receive a 2.67 average in the 4 required economics courses or they must retake a course(s) until a 2.67 average is obtained. If any of the 4 courses are achieved by passing a waiver exam or during Pre-Term, the student must substitute an economics elective course(s) in place of the waived course(s) in order to fulfill the economics requirement above. In this case, SAIS will use the highest economics program elective course grade(s) to compute this average if a student is replacing one or more of the 4 required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory.

 

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
·         Quantitative Global Economics (prerequisite International Monetary Theory)
 
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 in addition to their concentration requirements. Korea Studies concentrators must pass Comparative Politics 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 Politics (new name Comparative National Systems)
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Korea 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

Korea 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 2015-2016
Entering Class 2014-2015
Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010

Minor

Korea Studies Minor Requirements: (as of AY16/17)

  • 3 Korea Studies or cross-listed courses in total
  • 2 semesters of Korean language study or proficiency

General Minor Requirements:

  • Minors are optional (like specializations)
  • A student can minor in only one area
  • A student cannot pursue a minor in International Economics or IR/General, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics
  • Minors consist of three courses
  • Some minors will have a required course(s)
  • SA student may use a maximum of one cross-listed course (or 4 credits) towards both a minor and concentration. In this case, the minor would require just two additional courses. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area (e.g., Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, China, Japan, etc.) and not from the two additional required courses across the other IR or Asia areas. Note: IR/General concentrators can always minor in an IR sub-field or approved policy area (Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, International Law and Organizations, International Political Economy, Energy, Resources, and Environment, or Strategic Studies) by taking just two extra courses (8 credits).
  • Regional minors may require language study or proficiency in the language of that region
  • A student can declare a minor at any time—prior to graduation
  • Students who are pursuing a minor in a program will not have bidding priority in that program (only concentrators)

To add or change a minor, please click HERE.

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).


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 group.

 

 

External Resources

 

US Korea Institute Fellowships

 
The purpose of the US-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 Johns Hopkins SAIS. It provides a limited number of fellowships to support students who study Korea at the school.
 
Requirements:
Students applying for this award must pursue the Korea Studies concentration as their primary concentration at the school. Priority for this award will be given to US and other non-Korean citizens, but is open to all students in the Korea Studies program. Students receiving this award must be a full-time student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4, make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling Korea Studies requirements, attend all monthly Korea Studies Luncheons and actively participate in US-Korea Institute events. Some awardees may be asked to work for the Institute or as an RA.

Fellows must maintain full-time status at SAIS to receive the award for a specific semester. Any changes in student status could lead to alteration, postponement, or cancellation of the amount of the reward or the reward itself.
 
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 the school, 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 the school, and their future goals. Applications for the fellowship are due to the US-Korea Institute by the school's financial aid deadline of the preceding semester. Submit applications to slee459@jhu.edu or fax to 202-827-0625. 
 

More Information

Please visit our Korea Studies Facebook Page!  


Check out the US-Korea Institute websites:

http://uskoreainstitute.org/ 
http://38North.org

Contact Us


Seo Ho Lee
Academic Program Coordinator
slee459@jhu.edu
202-650-5405
1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW 629 Washington, DC 20036

Address & Phone

Korea Studies
1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

202-663-5830

202-827-0625