Korean Courses at BU


Boston University provides six levels of Korean language courses. First year Korean, LK111 and LK112, teach students the Korean alphabet Hanguel (한글), its pronounciation and basic sentence structures of short expressions for everyday situations. Second year Korean, LK211 and LK212, expands on first year Korean to teach various styles of speech, different grammar patterns, frequently used expressions. Through the first and second years' instruction students learn basic and intermediate level of spoken and written Korean. During these two years students are also exposed to Korean customs, culture, history and cinema.

Third year Korean, LK311 and LK312 are advanced reading and writing courses. Students read current news articles and discuss social, political and international issues centering around Korea. This includes viewing important Korean television news programs and understanding the main topics. Policies between South and North Korea in relation to international policitics will also be addressed through these classes.

Students may wish to minor in Korean Studies can find specific guidelines at the guidelines.

Cultural and political topics introduced during these three years will be:

  • Traditional versus modern Korea
  • Korean nation establishment myth, Tangun (단군), and the origin of Korea
  • South and North Korean division, unification, policies and current practice
  • Korean tourism and important cities' unique features
  • Younger generation of Korea reflected on popular culture
  • Recent development of Korean cinema
  • Korean food and its meaning
  • Korean gender role changes
  • Introduction of Korean literature

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Course Name
BU Course Number
CAS LK111
CAS LK112
CAS LK211
CAS LK212
CAS LK311
CAS LK312
CAS LK283

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All students enrolled in Korean courses must follow the CAS Academic Conduct Code.