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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.

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, Gwang-chul Lee


By Jihyun Nam, Student Reporter
Photo by Bomin Park, Photographer

To understand more about the the College of Humanities of Hanyang University, we set out to meet the Dean of the College, Professor Gwang-chul Lee.


Q. Q. You have been reappointed as Dean of the College of Humanities. Could you tell us what your main role is?
A. I became a professor of the Chinese Language & Literature major at Hanyang University (HYU) in 1995, and I was appointed dean for the first time in 2010 and am now serving my second consecutive term. The importance of communication has recently been brought up by the whole society, meaning people have difficulties in the face of communication problems. I have strongly put an emphasis on improving communication faculties among members of our college including professors and students since my very first appointment. I think my fellow professors appreciated this for they reappointed me for another term. I still believe that I should encourage better communication between members of our college. In addition, I will strive toward providing the optimum environment for both professors and students in pursuing academics.


Q. Q. Could you please briefly introduce the College of Humanities?
A. Our college is primarily composed of the division of Fundamental Humanities and the division of Performative Humanities. The division of Fundamental Humanities consists of six majors: Korean Language & Literature, English Language & Literature, Chinese Language & Literature, German Language & Literature, History and Philosophy. The division of Performative Humanities offers seven majors as follows: Science & Technology (STS), Public Service Humanities, Media Culture, English Communication, Chinese Communication, Commercial Korean Communication, and Global Business Culture. The key educational objective for our college lies in humanity. We try to find out what human nature in essence is and search for the right paths to live a better life.Specifically speaking, we study how to manage harmonious human relationships, which has been deemed one of the most significant matters for human beings.


Q. Who do you think has contributed to the remarkable growth of the college since its inception?
A. I would say Yunkyeong Kim, the 3rd dean of our college, who led a study to establish the spelling rule of Hangul under Japanese colonization of Korea, and the 4th dean Jonghong Park, one of the first scholars to introduce the history of western philosophy to Korea. Park initiated the integration between Korean traditional philosophy and western philosophy. We all know that the renowned poet Mokwol Park once taught the Korean Language & Literature students at HYU and was also appointed as the 8th dean of the college. Moreover, there was Cheong-jun Lee, author of Sopyonje, as one of our professors for the Korean Language and Literature department. These prominent figures contributed to a great deal of our college’s outstanding achievements and future. If it had not been for them, it would have been difficult for us to be one of the best humanities colleges in Korea.


Q. What are current achievements of the College of Humanities?
A.A: The 2013 University Evaluation conducted byJoongangIlboclearly shows that our college has done a great job. Four of our humanities majors were evaluated, and the History Department received the best mark. Also, the rest three majors - English Language & Literature, Chinese Language & Literature, and Philosophy - were all rated in excellence.In fact, no other major of HYU received the highest accolade, other than the Department of History. I’m really proud of such an accomplishment. In addition to the University Evaluation, our college has been continuously participating in governmental projects to boost the study of humanities. For instance, History major in our college was chosen for WCU(World class university) business in 2008. Research Institute of Comparative History & Culture in History major wasalsoselectedfor HK(Humanities Korea) business lasting from 2008 to 2018.The institute focuses on the study of ‘Transnational Humanities’ and exchanging opinions on the issue with foreign scholars. In 2006, Chinese Language & Literature was assigned for BK(Brain Korea) 21 business to generate better research results from graduate school students and professors of our college.Chinese Language & Literature major in particular holds an international colloquium about Chinese language and regional culture twice a year. Our college actively takes part in every project supported by the government to improve the overall quality of education for students.


Q. The Division of Performative Humanities embraces a unique form of college education. Would you explain about the division for us?
A. Our college’s attempt at the cultivation of talented manpower through performative humanities education has been financially supported by the government. The division is mainly focused on integration between culture, science and engineering. Students with majors of fundamental humanities can choose another major among seven majors in the Division of Performative Humanities. Students can learn how to maximize the practicality of knowledge they get from lectures by integrating knowledge of different two subjects.


Q. What is the ultimate goal of the College of Humanities?
A. Our ultimate goal is in accordance with HYU’s school motto. Our college educates students to be professional, practical, cultured, globalized, and always willing to help out others, for the purpose of achieving the major goal, practice of love. I have another goal myself. I hope we can achieveGahwamansasung(家和萬事成), which means ‘When one’s home is harmonious, all goes well’ in our college. I think members of our college are one big family.Therefore, if communication between members of our college becomes better and easier, studies of professors as well as students’ academic interests will be fulfilled.


Q. Any last words for students of the College of Humanities?
A. I want to highlight the importance of being professional in what they are studying now. Once they gain expertise in their own academics, their understanding on other fields can be improved as well, meaning they will get a synergy effect. Also, I want to tell them not to waste time concerning about what to do.It is much worthwhile to think about how to live today, completing assignments at hand. If they focus on what they do now, they will be able be an expert at long last. When they become a professional in a certain area, they suddenly realize how broader their sight has become. What’s more, once a person reaches the top, it is likely that one gets motivated by new stimulus and endeavors to find another goal in life.