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Korean Major, Learning Outcomes

Statement of Purpose

Korean is a language spoken by about 75 million people, ranking just ahead of French in numbers of native speakers. The purpose of the Korean major at BYU is to help students develop competence in the language in the four major areas of language function-speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Students in the major will learn language, language theory (linguistics), literature, history, and culture. The program aims to help students acquire sufficient competence to use the language as a primary tool in such areas as law and business, or to work for the government in translation or analysis, or to use the language as a secondary tool to support skills in business, legal, government, or other professional settings in Korea.

In specific ways, the Korean major can be the primary tool for an employee in government or business, or in general ways, the major will help the student develop understanding and respect for Korea and Korean people. The program also supports the mission of Brigham Young University and its sponsoring institution, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by helping students develop academic skills and competencies in a faith-based setting which is also committed to the development of personal character and integrity.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates of the Korean major will be able to: analyze and discuss important aspects of Korean history, literature, and culture.
  2. speak and comprehend Korean proficiently in both formal and informal settings.
  3. read hangul texts with facility and read Sino-Korean texts (text with Chinese characters in mixed script) with the help of character dictionaries.
  4. read approximately 800 Sino-Korean characters in the context of mixed-script texts, such as newspapers and professional journals, and demonstrate the use of "attack skills" for several hundred more.
  5. analyze and discuss major literary works from the pre-modern and modern period that form the rich literary heritage of Korea.
  6. proficiently translate both literary and non-fiction texts.
  7. carry out research, apply critical reasoning skills, and write clearly and cohesively in English and Korean.
  8. read and discuss pre-modern forms of the Korean language and script.
  9. analyze and discuss the structure of the Korean language, including phonology, morphology, semantics, and pragmatics.
  10. demonstrate the effective use of reference works, including various kinds of dictionaries, both in print and online.
  11. demonstrate self-managed learning skills that will enable them to continue learning the language throughout their lives.