Korean Language

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Minor

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) offers a minor in Korean Language. There is no major program in Korean Language.

Declaring the Minor

To declare the minor, please visit 3414 Dwinelle Hall.

Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Chinese Language (Major and Minor)
East Asian Religion, Thought, and Culture (Major only)
Japanese Language (Major and Minor)
Tibetan (Minor only)

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Language Training 1
KOREAN 1AElementary Korean5
or KOREAN 1AX Elementary Korean for Heritage Speakers
KOREAN 1BElementary Korean5
or KOREAN 1BX Elementary Korean for Heritage Speakers
KOREAN 10AIntermediate Korean5
or KOREAN 10AX Intermediate Korean for Heritage Speakers
KOREAN 10BIntermediate Korean5
or KOREAN 10BX Intermediate Korean for Heritage Speakers
Upper Division (Five Courses, 20 Units Minimum) 2,3
Select three upper division Korean courses
Advanced Korean [5]
Advanced Korean for Heritage Speakers
Advanced Korean [5]
Advanced Korean for Heritage Speakers
Fourth-Year Readings: Korean Literature [4]
Fourth-Year Readings: Korean Social Sciences and History [4]
Fifth-Year Readings: Reading and Analysis of Advanced Korean Texts [4]
Fifth-Year Readings: Korean for Research and Professional Use [4]
Genre and Occasion in Traditional Poetry [4]
Narrating Persons and Objects in Traditional Korean Prose [4]
Modern Korean Poetry [4]
Readings in Modern Korean Literature [4]
Modern Korean Fiction [4]
Contemporary Korean Literature [4]
Intercultural Encounters in Korean Literature [4]
Gender and Korean Literature [4]
Modern Korean Fiction in Translation [4]
Critical Approaches to Modern Korean Literature [4]
Picturing Korea [4]
Introduction to Korean Cinema [4]
History and Memory in Korean Cinema [4]
Cold War Culture in Korea: Literature and Film [4]
Korean Film Authors [4]
Select two upper division electives from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, and East Asian Languages courses 48
1

Students with previous language experience will be required to take a placement exam.

2

All courses require adviser approval.

3

One 7A or 7B course from the EALC department listings may be substituted for one of the five upper division courses.

4

EAP course(s) may be used to satisfy one of the electives; however, not all EAP courses will be approved for the minor. Please check with the adviser in advance.

Courses

Korean Language

Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

Jinsoo An, Associate Professor. Modern Korean Literature, East Asian Cinema, Korean Film, visual studies.
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Robert Ashmore, Associate Professor. China, lyric poetry, Chinese literature, Chinese culture, poetic theory.
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Weihong Bao, Associate Professor. Film theory and history, media archaeology, critical theory, visual and performance culture, Chinese language cinema, transnational genre cinema, comparative media history and theory.
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Mark L. Blum, Professor. Buddhism, Japan, culture and society, modernization.
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Mark Csikszentmihalyi, Professor. Early China, Confucianism, Taoism, Daoism, Comparative Religion.
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Jacob Dalton, Professor. Religion, ritual, Tibet, Buddhism, Tantra, Dunhuang.
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Yoko Hasegawa, Professor. Pragmatics, syntax, east asian languages and cultures, acoustic phonetics, semantics, sociolinguistics of Japanese, cognitive linguistics.
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+ H. Mack Horton, Professor. Performativity, east asian languages and cultures, classical poetry, diary literature, cultural context, anthology of vernacular poetry, Man'yoshu, poetry and poetics.
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Andrew Jones, Professor. East asian languages and cultures, Chinese popular music, sonic culture, media technology, modern Chinese fiction, children's literature, literary translation.
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Youngmin Kwon, Adjunct Professor. Korean literature.
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Ling Hon Lam, Assistant Professor. Premodern Chinese Drama and Fiction, Women's writing, sex and gender, Media Culture, and Critical Theory.
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Daniel C. O'Neill, Associate Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, East Asian Cinema, Global Modernism, visual studies.
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Lanchih Po, Associate Adjunct Professor.
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Robert Sharf, Professor. East asian languages and cultures, medieval Chinese buddhism, Chan buddhism, Japanese buddhism, Zen buddhism, Tantric buddhism, buddhist art, ritual studies, methodological issues in the study of religion.
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Alan Tansman, Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, literary and cultural theory, aesthetics and politics, Comparative Responses to Violence, literary history.
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Paula Varsano, Associate Professor. Phenomenology, translation, comparative literature, aesthetics, epistemology, classical Chinese poetry and poetics (3rd-11th centuries), traditional Chinese literary theory.
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Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor. East asian languages and cultures, history of performance, gender theory, the history of sexuality, material culture, material objects in late-imperial literature.
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Lecturers

Yasuko Konno Baker, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Brian Baumann, Lecturer. Mongolian language.
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Weisi Cai, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Yuriko Caltabiano, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Damien Donnelly, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Kayoko Imagawa, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Wakae Kambara, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Minsook Kim, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Kijoo Ko, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Meehyei Lee, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Soojin C. Lee, Lecturer. Korean language.
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I-Hao Li, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Hsin-yu Lin, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Li Liu, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Sanjyot Mehendale, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies, Central Asia, Central Asian studies, archaeology and art history.
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Junghee Park, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Chika Shibahara, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Maki Takata, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Chen-Hui Tsai, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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John R. Wallace, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Noriko Komatsu Wallace, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Chunhong Xie, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Lihua Zhang, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Emeritus Faculty

Haruo Aoki, Professor Emeritus.

Cyril Birch, Professor Emeritus.

James E. Bosson, Professor Emeritus.

Hung-Nin Samuel Cheung, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, East Asian studies, vernacular Chinese literature and linguistics.
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John C. Jamieson, Professor Emeritus.

Lewis Lancaster, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, East Asian studies, east asian buddhism.
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Susan Matisoff, Professor Emeritus. Japanese literature, performing arts and folklore.
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Jeffrey Riegel, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, ancient Chinese poetry and prose, early Chinese thought, Confucian classics, paleography, recently-excavated manuscripts.
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Pang-Hsin Ting, Professor Emeritus.

Stephen H. West, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

3413 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-3480

Fax: 510-642-6031

ealang@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Mark Csikszentmihalyi

3112 Dwinelle Hall

mark.cs@berkeley.edu

Student Services Adviser

Grant Tompkins

3414 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4497

ealc-advising@berkeley.edu

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