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College of Languages and Cultures


The college of Language and Culcure was established with the purpose of fostering professionals who can promote understanding also seeks to identify and promate Korean cultural identity on both the domestic and international levels.


The College of Language and Cultures provides practical instruction including language, history, economy, politics, customs & manners of foreign countries as well as academic research on cultural and regional studies. This is to foster people of intelligence and ability who can adopt and use their knowledge for their future career internationally.

Educational Objectives

Inside Academics

By Eunkyoung Lee, Graduate Student Editor
Photo courtesy of the College of Languages and Cultures, ERICA


Many say that fluency in more than one language and the ability to understand other cultures are two of the most important skills for living and working in this increasingly globalized world. Indeed, studying languages and cultures allows you to step out of the limitations of monolingualism. As you discover how other people think and express their ideas and beliefs, you will acquire openness to other cultures. By studying other countries’ language and cultures, you will get to learn more about their history, custom, and way of life, as well as their intellectual and cultural contributions. Therefore, studying languages and cultures is an essential part of a good liberal arts education.


The College of Languages and Cultures at Hanyang University offers seven majors; Korean Language and Literature, Cultural Anthropology, Culture Contents, Chinese Studies, Japanese Language & Culture, English Language and Culture, and French Language and Culture.


The Department of Korean Language and Literature aims to educate students to become competent and outstanding professionals in the field of Korean culture and language, equipped with international knowledge and literature. The curriculum is divided into three branches: education in Korean language, practices in writing literature, and theories in literature and cultures. There is a special curriculum provided in the department which is called Field Investigation. This unique program requires all of the professors and teaching assistants in the department to go on field trips with their students for four days and three nights in the spring and fall. Before the actual field investigation, students conduct pilot survey and research, and then record oral literature and dialects of the region during the field trip. When they return to the school, students analyze the gathered information and write reports.


Anthropology is the study of human beings and their cultures. As such, the coursework in anthropology include history, sociology, political science, literature, and other fields. The Department of Cultural Anthropology at Hanyang concentrates its efforts on providing the knowledge of Korean cultural identity and culture, while helping its students understand world history and interpret it properly. The department conducts research through comparative studies in history, traditions, customs, languages, and artifacts of various tribes and ethnic groups from the beginning of humankind up to the modern era. And it puts special emphasis on studying; pluralistic societies and cultures of the twentieth century, world community, and prehistoric periods.



Before introducing the Department of Culture Contents, we must discuss the term culture contents. Culture contents refer to all multimedia contents related to culture and art. They are conveyed in the creation and distribution of various digital media such as movies, games, animation, characters, records, broadcasts, mobile contents, web contents, and e-books. As the industry of culture contents is recognized as a high value-adding business, the Department of Culture Contents aims to foster industry leaders as well as research specialists with strong academic knowledge. The department cultivates contents planners, scenario developers, and entrepreneurs who are most needed in this field. By the time the students dive into the real world, they will be equipped with both the practical and creative skills necessary to succeed in this field. Courses that require students to gain a full understanding of the humanities and culture content subjects are included in the complete program.


The Department of Chinese Studies strives to equip their students with practical education on various sub-areas related to China, such as the Chinese language, literature, culture, politics, economics, and social studies. Students have a broad opportunity of research programs or training programs that are held in China. There are many field trips and excursions to learn not only the culture and language of China, but also to experience real working situations in Chinese businesses. Also, one great feature is that the network between the alumni and students is very active and strong. They participate together in various activities such as Chinese drama, singing contests, and speech contests.


The Department of Japanese Language and Cultures has been dedicated to providing extensive and distinctive Japanese language education since 1979, making it one of the oldest and renowned university level programs in Korea. The department provides students with fundamental communication skills in Japanese language as well as knowledge about Japanese culture and society. As the other language departments in the College of Cultures and Language have native teaching professors, this department also employs Japanese faculty so that it can offer students firsthand insight into the language and culture. It also offers an extensive exchange program with Dokai University. Every junior has the opportunity to take part in the six-month language and culture program.


The Department of English Language and Culture’s goal is ‘to equip students with fluent English language skill and global sense’. In order to achieve this goal, the department has been strengthening its curriculum as well as recruiting excellent faculty from all around the globe. Foreign professors are running an English Clinic to fix and improve the students’ English ability. The department is also expanding the number of long-term and short-term international internships by making MOUs with diverse organizations.


Lastly, the Department of French Language & Cultures was established in 1980 and approximately 760 students have since graduated. The subjects in the Department of French Language & Cultures are divided into three areas: literature, language, and culture. The department emphasizes culture over literature, so the curriculum and various activities in this department focus more on French culture. The department offers a unique on-site semester program with the University of Paris VIII. It is unique because the program is not offered by most colleges in Korea, and is different from ordinary exchange student programs. Students are required to spend their second semester of their junior year in University of Paris VIII to receive a semester credit.


As the world continues to become increasingly diverse across traditional borders and cultural boundaries, there will be more demand in the workplace and society to effectively communicate with others. Therefore, knowledge in a foreign language and culture will be a strong advantage to anyone who wants to be successful in the global economy. In this sense, the graduates of the College of Languages and Cultures at Hanyang are equipped with a foundation for functioning successfully in this society as well as having unlimited possibilities in choosing their career paths.


Next, let us take a closer look at more details about the college through a couple of interviews.




A Conversation with the Dean of the ERICA College of Languages and Cultures, Ki-Dong Bae


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

Q. Could you briefly describe the College of Languages and Culture?

A. The College of Languages and Culture was established in 1979 September, with 160 Language students. As of 2015, there are now 1400 students, with more than ten thousand graduates throughout the last 36 years. There are a total of seven majors, including the department of Korean Language and Literature, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Contents, Chinese Studies, Japanese Language & Culture, English Language and Culture, and French Language and Culture.


Q. What is special about Hanyang University’s College of Languages and Culture?

A. Our college was the first to start a direct exchange program, where students are provided with opportunities to take classes at universities abroad. We currently have 393 associated universities and our faculty provides diverse perspectives on global culture, anthropology and contents that students can learn about.


Q. What kind of career options do students have after graduating from the College of Languages and Culture?

A. At the department of Korean language and literature, students are provided with educational courses related to Korean, Korean literature and the basis of literature. Graduates can take diverse career paths, for example, Korean literature or essay writing teacher, editor, publisher, culture, media, magazines, writer, etc. The Korean language itself can be applied to careers in diverse fields. Graduates from the department of cultural anthropology can become employees of diverse areas in culture, such as academics, media, museums, cultural production or curation, cultural policy, or promotional or marketing departments of private corporations. Students from the department of cultural contents become pioneers in the Korean cultural contents field, becoming leaders in contents production or creation, business professionals in the movie or entertainment industry. The department of Chinese studies opens various future paths for students, for example, students may become teachers after taking an education course, become leaders of employees of Chinese companies and work as China experts in governmental organizations. The department of Japanese studies helps students become professionals in Japanese language, culture and society. In turn, students are free to move onto areas such as teachers, trade, Japanese companies, and Japan experts in governmental organizations. At the department of English language and culture, students build the necessary abilities to work at international companies, become teachers, go abroad for further study or a broader career, become writers, a diplomat, etc. Finally, students from the French language and culture department can become experts in the French language and become translators, performance production, cultural consultants, marketing or event producer. Graduates can go into broadcasting, scenario writing, airplane industry, hotel industry or tourism.


Q. What kind of students are admitted into the College of Languages and Cultures?

A. There are definitely differences among different majors, but what the students have in common is that they are all very academically focused students who love to explore their fields of study. During their study at our college, the students become more globally able, with more study on foreign cultures and literature.


Q. What advice would you give to students that wish to come to the College of Languages and Cultures?

A. The College of Languages and Cultures provides students with the perfect opportunity to build global potential by studying languages, people and cultures. In the globalized world, citizens around the world are coming to together to live in one community. Yet, there are many problems that hinder this process, and there needs to be an international effort to address such problems. I hope that the students of our college play such role in globalization and become pioneers in the international community. We welcome those who hope to be culture creators and global workers who could bring the world together.