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Transnational Korean Studies Minor

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Institute of Arts and Humanities
Ridge Walk Academic Complex, Arts and Humanities Building, Room 655
(858) 534-0491

All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

The minor in transnational Korean studies is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary program that allows students to explore and deepen their knowledge of Korea, especially in its connections with Asia and beyond. Transnational Korean studies at UC San Diego places special emphasis on modern Korea as a transnational formation, exploring how the peninsula has been shaped and constructed itself under changing historical circumstances and in relation to other nation-states and empires. Course offerings for the minor include the areas of history, literature and language, popular culture, gender and sexuality, music and film, political science, international relations, and globalization. The program comprises two broad categories: (1) “Courses on Korea” and (2) “Korea-Related Courses.” The first category of courses automatically counts toward the minor, while the second category of courses needs to be petitioned through the Program in Transnational Korean Studies. Please consult with the program coordinator regarding Korea-related courses, EAP courses, and other transfer credits.

The minor in transnational Korean studies requires that students complete a minimum of twenty-eight (28) units of Korea and/or Korea-related courses. Normally, seven courses add up to twenty-eight units, but only if each course is four units each. If courses taken offer more than four units (i.e., some Korean language courses), then more than twenty-eight units may be needed to fulfill the program’s minimum requirement.

Students can take a maximum of three lower-division courses; however, the minor does not require lower-division courses. All twenty-eight units can be upper-division courses. Students are not required to take Korean, but we strongly recommend that students take language courses as part of their overall specialization. Students can take up to two upper-division nonlanguage courses for their study abroad program.

Please keep in mind that the approved list of courses is divided into two categories: Korea courses (100 percent Korea content) and Korea-related courses (at least one-third Korea content). Students need to petition to use Korea-related courses and courses where topics vary.

All of the lower- and upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Approved List of Courses

1. Courses on Korea


  • HIEA 150. Modern Korea, 1800–1945 (4)
  • HIEA 151. The Two Koreas, 1945–Present (4)
  • HIEA 152. Histories and Cultures of the Modern Korean Diaspora (4)
  • HIEA 153. Social and Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Korea (4)
  • HIEA 154. Korean History through Film (4)
  • HIEA 180. Topics in Modern Korean History (4)


  • LTEA 140. Modern Korean Literature in Translation from the Colonial Period (4)
  • LTEA 141. Modern Korean Literature in Translation from 1945 to the Present (4)
  • LTEA 142. Korean Film, Literature, and Popular Culture (4)
  • LTEA 143. Gender and Sexuality in Korean Literature and Culture (4)
  • LTEA 144. Korean American Literature and Other Literatures of the Korean Diaspora (4)
  • LTKO 140. Readings in Korean Literature (repeatable up to three times as topics vary) (4)

Visual Arts

  • VIS 103A. Contemporary Arts in South Korea (4)
  • VIS 103B. Architecture and Urbanism of Korea (4)


  • ANTH 44. Gender, Sexuality, and New Media Fandom in the Korea Wave (4)
  • ANSC 101A. Korean Wave Media and Cultural Change (4)

Korean Language Courses

  • LTKO 1A. Beginning Korean: First Year I (5)
  • LTKO 1B. Beginning Korean: First Year II (5)
  • LTKO 1C. Beginning Korean: First Year III (5)
  • LTKO 2 A-B-C. Intermediate Korean: Second Year I-II-III (5-5-5)
  • LTKO 130F. Advanced Korean: Third Year I (4)
  • LTKO 130W. Advanced Korean: Third Year II (4)
  • LTKO 130P. Advanced Korean: Third Year III (4)
  • LTKO 135. Readings in Sino-Korean Characters (4)

Korean Politics and Security

  • ECON 169. Economics of Korea (4)
  • GPPS 408. Korean Security (4)
  • GPPS 484. Korean Politics (4)
  • GPEC 485. The Korean Economy (4)
  • POLI 133J. Korean Politics (4)

2. Korea-Related Courses (petition required for all Korea-related courses)

Asian Cultural Studies

  • LTCS 133. Globalization and Culture (4) when topic is Globalization and Culture in East Asia

Asian History

  • HILD 10. East Asia: The Great Tradition (4)
  • HILD 11. East Asia and the West, 1279–1911 (4)
  • HILD 12. Twentieth-Century East Asia (4)
  • HIEA 125. Women and Gender in East Asia (4)

Asian American Studies

  • ETHN 20. Introduction to Asian American History (4)
  • ETHN 122. Asian American Culture and Identity (4)
  • ETHN 123. Asian American Politics (4)
  • HILD 7B. Race and Ethnicity in the United States (4)
  • HIUS 124/ETHN 125. Asian American History (4)
  • LTEN 28. Introduction to Asian American Literature (4)
  • LTEN 181. Asian American Literature (4)

Critical Gender Studies

  • CGS 122. Advanced Topics in Comparative Perspectives (4) when topic relates to Korea


  • SOCI 133. Immigration in Comparative Perspective (4)