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College of Humanities


In pursuit of literary and culture enlightenment


This college is composed of the Division of Humanities and the Department of Theater and Cinema. The Humanities, the cradle of human studies, has its principal purpose in guiding learning abilities by prividing an educational environment where students can maximally develop their potential power, and make themselves familiar with fundamental philosophies as well as research methodologies. This college is in pursuit of educational perfection through a devoted teaching staff and learning facilities such a language and computer rooms, and libraries. Established 1960, having the second longest history in the country, the Department of Theater and Cinema is equipped with a small theater, studio, editing room and a seminar room. It has various tools and materials for ractice as it graduates many award-winning personalities at film fair such as the College Film Festival. Also, many talented alumni from this college have played leading roles in film, drama, broadcasting and advertising.

Educational Objectives

Inside Academics

By Gileun Lee, Graduate Student Editor
Photo by Kae-ho Seo, Student Photographer


The College of Humanities has increased critical thinking and insight throughout history, society and culture via extensive knowledge of liberal arts so students study cultural history and the accompanying phenomena. It seeks to help students grasp intellect of humanities and train global minds as a local professional and delegate. Most of all, the College of Humanities concentrates on producing a practical person who comprehends our culture well by making history and culture to other countries.


The purpose of the Department of Korean Language & Literature is to cultivate students’ ability to participate in the study of “Koreanology” by instructing Korean language and literature. As a basis of every study, it ultimately contributes to creating national culture. The curriculum of the department is primarily divided into Korean language and literature. The literature course deals with various types of classical and modern literature.


For a better understanding of Korean tradition, we definitely need to learn Chinese language and culture. It is intrinsically different from Korean but it closely influenced our language and culture for a long time. Furthermore, as China has rapidly risen as a global economic power in recent years, apprehending the Chinese culture and coping with the current of the times seems to be significant in promoting the exchange between nations. Therefore, the Department of Chinese Language & Literature aims to help students better understand Chinese language and culture, and endeavor to comprise a diverse and in-depth curriculum.


The Department of German Language & Literature aims to produce expert scholars in German and strives for practical education in order to produce writers, translators, diplomats and businessmen. It opens classes on language, literature, conversation and composition by native speakers.


Historical studies focuses on human’s self-awareness. It considers humankind’s transition process vertically and analyzes current social phenomenon horizontally. This helps humans to understand one’s distinctiveness and universality in the present position and moreover seek for future directions. To carry out these purposes, the Department of History categorizes three parts-Korean history, Oriental history and Western history- and compares them to inspire proper historical consciousness. It also frequently conducts special activities such as field trips to historical sites, excavating work and rubbing.


Applied studies are based on general studies and develop along with the corresponding research. Without the foundation of basic science and continuing support, applied studies would reach the limits. In this regard we find philosophy crucial. The Department of Philosophy was established in 1982 and set up graduate course in 1988. The faculty members of it are composed of experts in England and American philosophy and Chinese philosophy and it plans to engage more professionals of other fields.


Internet Hanyang news team interviewed with the Dean and Administrative Manager of the College of Humanities.




A Conversation with the Dean of the College, Min, Jung


By Hae-ji, You, Student Reporter
In Lee, Graduate Student Editor

To understand more about the the College of Humanities of Hanyang University, we set out to meet the Dean of the College, Professor Min, Jung.


Q. Could you briefly describe the College of Humanities?
A. Hanyang University’s (HYU) College of Humanities was officially founded in 1959, when HYU was acknowledged officially as a university. Thereafter, our college became the College of Liberal Arts in 1979, and became the College of Humanities in 1982. The College consists of six majors and one separate division, Korean Language and Literature, Chinese Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, History Studies, Philosophy, and the Department of Applied Studies. Around 1,110 students, 141 graduate school students are taught with the guidance of 43 professors.


Q. What is special about HYU’s College of Humanities?
A. Our College of Humanities helps build knowledge on a broad range of liberal arts studies, along with critical thinking abilities. Through our lectures, students learn to see through deep meanings and build insight into high-level thinking. Not only that, but our college also has built a new department, the department of applied studies so that the limitations of existing studies can be overcome. This division combines pure and practical learning to help apply knowledge to face problems in the real world. This enables students to face realistic life obstacles, such as employment. Students in our college can take applied studies classes as a second major. Moreover, in the case of the department of Chinese language and literature, every student is given the opportunity to study abroad in one of the best universities in China, Tsinghua University. Students take classes from local professors and earn the same opportunities as Chinese students. They can experience an improvement in their Chinese Language skills as well as experience real Chinese university life. Students in the department of German and English language and literature also get the chance to experience local life, as they are given the chance to take lectures in Bayreuth University and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. We have also opened up a double major course with the National Taiwan University (NTU). Students that are chosen may spend their junior and senior years at NTU and earn a double degree.


Q. What are the career options for graduates from the College of Humanities?
A.Since it is now rare to see clear boundaries between different fields, students are free to choose the career options that they prefer. Graduates mainly enter commerce, aviation, and finance corporations. Last year, in 2014, a graduate from the department of German language and literature was employed at the Bank of Korea. Furthermore, increasing numbers of students are becoming professionals related to broadcasting and the media, such as producer, newscaster, reporter, critic, or publisher. Some students also become teachers, or aim to become professors. Especially in the department of English, Chinese or German language and literature, students pick their career paths according to their language specialty, becoming translators. Students from the department of Korean language and literature also become experts in language, becoming novelists, poets, writers or even songwriters.


Q. What kind of qualities do students build through HYU’s College of Humanities?
A. Since the study of humanities is one that explores the foundation of life and culture, our students are taught to learn language, literature, history and philosophy to become critical, insightful and ethical professionals. Our graduates form the core of their field, leading society and bringing light to HYU. Through our college, our students learn to think logically and think critically, which will help them throughout their whole life and profession. HYU’s College of Humanities stands tall and high in the core of HYU, growing dignity by the day. The faculty, staff and students of our college will continue to put effort into educating students to become creative talents that lead the industry and society.