There are two tracks of the Undergraduate Korean Programs: the Regular Undergraduate Korean Program Track and the Korean Language Flagship Center Undergraduate Program track.
If students take equivalent courses in the regular and oral tracks (e.g., KOR 101 and 111), both grades are recorded in the transcript, but only one set of credits may count toward degree requirements. For students on financial aid or receiving Veterans Affairs benefits, the credit adjustment may affect the amount of aid or benefits received.
Regular Undergraduate Korean Program Track
B.A. in Korean
The B.A. program in Korean language at University of Hawai’i Mānoa is focused on building high-level language proficiency as well as a good understanding of Korean culture. Electives within the Department provide students with an opportunity to learn about Korean culture through literature and media analysis, while non-departmental electives allow students to explore the history, civilization and people of the Korean peninsula. The B.A. in Korean requires thirty-six hours of coursework in Korean language and linguistics or literature. See the major requirements for more information.
Minor in Korean
The minor in Korean requires a more directed body of coursework in Korean language and literature. Students must take five courses for a total of fifteen credit hours from the approved course list. In the case of native speakers, they will be required to take five non-language skill courses. See the minor requirements for more information.
Certificate in Korean
The certificate in Korean is for those students who wish to supplement other fields of study with some basic Korean language and culture. Students must take five courses for a total of fifteen credit hours from the approved course list. See the certificate requirements for more information.
Korean Language Flagship Center Undergraduate Program Track
Information regarding the Korean Flagship program can be found on their website.
B.A. in Korean for Professionals
The B.A. program aims to prepare American students to function in Korean as professionals in their chosen academic or professional fields. Through the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures (EALL), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Korean for Professionals is awarded upon successful completion of the program and demonstration of the ability to use Korean at professional levels (ILR 3, ACTFL Superior). For details, see the Korean Flagship website.
Certificate in Korean for Professionals
The Certificate program is for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to learn advanced Korean and complement their studies with a Certificate in Korean for Professionals. The goal of the program is to elevate Korean language proficiency to a professional level. The Certificate is awarded after completion of both the summer component in residence at the UHM and the one-year overseas component at Korea University (KU) in Seoul. For more details, see the Korean Flagship website.
Prerequisites for all Korean may be waived with the consent of the instructor for students with prior experience in Korean language who have completed a language placement exam. All Korean majors are required to consult with their faculty adviser or the Student Adviser (Moore 378) prior to registering for each semester. Any student contemplating application into our graduate program are advised to discuss their plans with their adviser as well.