Korean is the language of a culture whose art, music, and technological innovations shape lives around the globe. From pop music to smart phones to motor vehicles, Korean innovations reach far beyond the Korean peninsula’s boundaries. That influence is extended further by Korean immigrants and their descendants, who form vibrant communities in the United States (such as in Seattle), Canada, Japan, China and in many other countries around the world.
The earliest Korean literature was written using Chinese characters. The Korean alphabet that is generally seen today, Hangul, was created in the 15th century at the direction of King Sejong “the Great” of the Joseon dynasty. This new, native script for the language was developed to enable people of all classes to easily read and write the Korean language. Today, its creation is celebrated in South Korea on October 9, Hangul Day.
We offer elementary through advanced Korean, with relevant content courses throughout the year focusing on Korean dramas, K-pop, and other topics.
Korean can also be an area of emphasis in the following programs: