M.A. in Korean Literature

Rev. 11/07

Program Scope and Objectives

The MA degree is offered in the field of Korean literary and cultural studies for various genres in modern and pre-modern periods. The program is designed to provide students with advanced professional training and scholarly expertise in the history theory, and culture of the chosen literature and/or genres from a specific period. The program is also intended to provide academic training and practical teaching experience for future teachers of Korean literary and cultural studies. The faculty and facilities in the area of teaching East Asian literatures are numerous and diverse and encouragement is given to those interested in pursuing teaching careers.

Admission Requirements

All applicants for the MA must have a BA in the language of their concentration or equivalent preparation, and must submit three letters of recommendation and GRE General Test scores. Admission to candidacy also assumes knowledge of the structure of the language and of linguistics equivalent to the courses KOR 451 and KOR 452.

In addition to approval of admission by the Graduate Division, students must have satisfactory GRE scores (TOEFL scores, minimum of 560, are required of foreign students) and letters of recommendation.

Course Requirements

The MA candidate may select either the Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis) program; Plan A must have the approval of the graduate chair.

Course Requirements: Plan A

For Plan A, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including at least 18 credit hours in the major field and 6 credit hours of thesis research. A minimum of 12 credit hours in the major field must be earned in courses numbered 600 or higher, including a 700-level seminar and excluding 699V.

Students choosing Plan A must take the same courses as those choosing Plan B, except that 6 credits of EALL 700V will be substituted for other courses in consultation with the advisor. There will be a final oral examination on the thesis.

Course Requirements: Plan B

For Plan B, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including at least 21 credit hours in the major field. A minimum of 18 credit hours in the major field must be earned in courses numbered 600 or higher, including a 700-level seminar and excluding 699V.

Students choosing Plan B will select courses for the required 30 credits from those listed for their area of concentration. In the final semester, the student will take a written examination covering the literature, structure, and teaching of the language, with extra weight on the student's area of emphasis among these. There will be a final oral examination on all aspects of the student's program.

Course Requirements: General Examination

During the first semester, the student will take a general examination to determine the quality of preparation for graduate work at the master's level in the chosen concentration. Only after passing this exam will the student be advanced to candidacy.

Course Listings

Required (12 credits):

  • EALL 601 Method of Teaching East Asian Languages (3) [Pre: 451]
    or
    KOR 635 Pedagogy of Teaching Korean as a Second Language (3) [Pre: 452]
  • EALL 603K Bibliography and Research Methodology: Korea (3) [Pre: 402]
  • KOR 493 Introduction to Traditional Korean Literature (3) [Pre: 402]
    or
    KOR 494 Introduction to Modern Korean Literature (3) [Pre: 402]
  • KOR 720 Research Seminar in Korean Literature (3)

9 credits from:

  • KOR 613(Alpha) Korean Verse (3) [Pre: 463, 464, depending on Alpha]
  • KOR 614(Alpha) Korean Narrative (3) [Pre: 463, 464, depending on Alpha]
  • KOR 640 Literary Translation of Korean (3) [Pre: 463, 464]
  • KOR 652 Major Authors in Modern Korean Literature (3) [Pre: 494]
  • KOR 664 Topics and Issues in Modern Korean Literature (3) [Pre: 494]

3 credits from:

  • KOR 470 Language and Culture of Korea (3) [Pre: 402]
  • KOR 633 Korean Syntax and Semantics (3) [Pre: 452]
  • KOR 634 Korean Sociolinguistics (3) [Pre: 401, 402, 470]
  • KOR 645 Research in Korean Language Acquisition (3) [Pre: 635]
  • KOR 655 Practicum: Teaching Korean as a Second Language (3) [Pre: 635]

Plan A Only - 6 credits:

  • EALL 700V Thesis research

Plan B - 6 credits from approved courses, including the following:

  • ASAN 491 Topics in Asian Studies (3)
  • EALL 363B/C 20th Century Chinese Literature and Culture (3, 3)
  • EALL 372B Modern Japanese Literature (3)
  • HIST 451 History and Literature (3)
  • HIST 452D History and Film (3)
  • HIST 650 Seminar: Comparative Asia (3)
  • HIST 667 Seminari in Korean History (3)
  • PHIL 417 Philosophy in Literature (3)
  • REL 422 Anthropology of Religion (3)

Brief summary of EALL degree requirements on the UH catalog
Korean graduate degree requirements on the Graduate Division website