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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.

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 College, Sang-Chun Park


By Sungeun Lee, Student Reporter
Photo by Dongjin Lee, Photographer/ Student Editor

Q. Would you please introduce the College of Languages and Cultures, ERICA to us?

A. There are seven majors at the College of Languages and Cultures; Korean Language & Literature, Cultural Anthropology, Culture Contents, Chinese Studies, Japanese Language & Culture, English Language & Culture, and French Language & Culture. In the past, the majors that are based on language (Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and French) put focus on language and literature. However, as the ERICA Campus gradually began to put more emphasis on practical studies in order to distinguish itself from the Seoul Campus, we have decided to study language and culture. This was because we thought that studying culture instead of literature would be much more practical for the students. The four majors based on language, along with the other three majors based on humanities form a harmony at this college.


Q. Is there a certain personality that you think students at this college possess?

A. I think that students at this college are very creative. The students are always using their creativity to achieve something special of their own, and I am pleased about this.


Q. How many students are there at this college?

A. The number of students varies each semester, but there are approximately 1,500 students at this college.


Q. What is the difference between the College of Languages and Cultures at the ERICA Campus and the College of Humanities at the Seoul Campus?

A. As I mentioned before, the Seoul Campus has academic characteristics, whereas the ERICA campus has practical characteristics. This is shown in the difference of curricula between the two campuses. Whereas the College of Humanities at the Seoul Campus concentrates on linguistics and culture, and the College of Languages and Cultures at the ERICA Campus concentrates on regionalism and culture. Other than that, the majors themselves are different too.


Q. The College of Languages and Cultures seemed to have combined and separated the majors, as well as changing their names several times in the past. Is there a special reason to this?

A. In the past, the Major of French Language & Culture and the Major of English Language & Culture were each named ‘French Language & Literature’ and ‘English Language & Literature’. The names changed in order to follow the current trend. Nowadays, the global society is putting more emphasis on culture and regional studies rather than pure literature, and we did not want to fall behind.


Q. At this college, there seems to be a number of professors and lecturers from all over the world. How do the students react to this environmental condition, and what is the merit seen from this?

A. There are many foreign professors and lecturers at this college. The utmost advantage seen from this is that these educators provide lectures in foreign languages, which eventually enables students to efficiently study in an environment saturated with foreign language. Other than that, the foreign educators are able to teach students basic cultural information that Korean educators might have difficulty in providing. Foreign teachers are actually really close with the students, and I am glad to see that the students are building an intimate relationship as well as expanding their learning all at the same time.


Q. There seems to be many clubs at this college. How do you think that this affects the college?

A. There are approximately 35 clubs at this college, and I do not think that this is a small number. I am very supportive of clubs because I think that students at this college should cultivate their cultural senses by engaging in club activities. I order all the club presidents to submit a business plan each year, and then choose the best ones, and provide them with financial support.


Q. The College of Languages and Cultures opened the Korean Cultural Center in June, 2010. Would you please briefly introduce the center, and assess the accomplishments fulfilled so far?

A. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism selected one location in each province for the establishment of the Korean Cultural Center, and we got chosen after submitting an application. The center opened in June, 2010, and I personally think that Ansan is the perfect spot for the center, because it has the highest number of multicultural families and guest workers in the entire nation. During the past year, we have held many projects in the center. We have not only educated foreigners within Gyeonggi Province, but also educated teachers who teach Korean. This year, we have planned a very large project, which is inviting 230 teachers from 70 different countries. These teachers teach Korean, and we are planning to give them an in-depth understanding of Korean to lead them to a better way to teaching the language.


Q. How does the College of Languages and Cultures differentiate itself from other colleges?

A. Everything should be student-centered. Students are considered priority in all of the decision making processes at this college. We actually have many projects planned out in order to support the students here at the college. This is how we are different from other colleges.


Q. What is the ultimate goal of the College of Languages and Cultures?

A. I personally think that this is a problem for liberal arts studies overall. Liberal arts, in some way, can be segregated from the current trend. Our goal is to stop this from happening, and we actually have planned many programs specifically. For instance, we are encouraging students to create online blogs. This not only can be added to one’s portfolio of extracurricular activities when he or she applies for a company after graduation, but also enables the student to be aware to what is going on in this world. This is so because students have to choose items for their blogs. We select the best bloggers each year and reward them with prize money. Also, we open book review contests to encourage students to read many books from various genres. When students submit their book reviews, they also write about the type of books they want to read, and we use the college budget to buy them these books. Other than that, we financially support students who participate in contests, and students who participate in the foreign student mentor program.


Q. As the dean of the College of Language and Cultures, what is your hope or vision?

A. I hope students would possess a more proactive attitude toward their college life. There are some students who study hard and participate in the student-supportive projects held here at the college, but other students are not like that. Others seem so passive when it comes to their own self-improvement. I feel sorry for these students. College students should stand tall, filled with ambitions, ready to grasp any chances that come by. I look forward to having more students like this at our college.




A Conversation with the Administration Team Manager, In-Gon Kim


By Sungeun Lee, Student Reporter
Photo by Dongjin Lee, Photographer/ Student Editor

Q. What does the administration team of the College of Language and Cultures usually do?

A. What we mainly do is to support the students here at the college, and connect them with the offices that will satisfy their needs. We support students by answering their questions related to the school’s system, or providing them the equipments they need for special events. The professors also visit our office quite often for help.


Q. What do the students mainly come to the office for? Are there any foreign students here? If so, why do they reach the administration team?

A. There are not many foreign students here at our college, actually. Koreans mostly come to learn foreign languages and foreign cultures, not foreigners themselves. As far as I am concerned, there are a few students from Russia. Students mainly come to our office to request for support on special events, and ask questions regarding taking a leave of absence from school or coming back.


Q. Does the administration team make any effort to step closer to the students here at the college?

A. We do not make any striking efforts, but we do try to touch the students’ hearts by small deeds. We try to treat the students as warm human beings, not rigid administration team workers. For instance, we put extra attention on creating supporting phrases used for promoting student-supportive projects. Furthermore, we often send mobile text messages to students to alert them on school matters.


Q. Regarding the duties, are there any differences between this college and others?

A. We have many student-supportive projects here at our college. Those projects are aimed to give financial support to the students who participate in the programs the administration team has planned out. Some of the projects are supporting superb bloggers, active readers, students who apply for contests outside of school, and those who win the Global Frontier program.


Q. Are there any difficulties in doing work?

A. The administration team has a hard time when the students do not actively participate in special lectures. We put a lot of effort to preparing for the lectures, but then we feel powerless when we see that not a lot of students show interest.


Q. What do you think the students here at this college need to do?

A. I think the students need to draw a blueprint of their future during their early years of college. By doing that way, they would not end up at a dead end in their senior year. I have seen many students depressed over their unpreparedness for graduation, and I, too, feel sorry for them.


Q. Do you have any special memories with the students?

A. I am having a meeting with the student president of this entire college and of each major at the beginning of every semester. That is when I bond with the students and get to know them individually, which I enjoy very much. Also, I arrange lunch or dinners with all of the participants in the Global Frontier Project, both the winning teams and the lost ones. This is another one of my favorite moments with the students, because I get to cheer up the lost teams and make them feel special.


Q. Do you have any messages for the students?

A. We all face barriers while leaping towards our dreams. The important thing is to never give up. Push toward your goals with perseverance and strong commitment.