BTS, Blackpink, Squid Game, and Parasite. They are successful Korean entertainers or cultural products. The New York Times has said that Korea has become a cultural juggernaut. With the 10th largest economy, Korea is playing a significant role in international political and economic arenas. Thus, there is a high demand for people who are equipped with Korea language ability and cultural understanding.

The Korean Studies Minor is designed to help students understand Korean culture, society, and people as well as provide language training. Upon completion of the program, students should be able to (1) read, write, and speak fluently; (2) understand key concepts of culture and current affairs in the context of history; and (3) apply their cultural knowledge and language ability in their profession. 


The minor in Korean consists of at least 22 credits. The College requires that students complete at least 9 credits of their minor in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in residence at UWM to earn a minor at UWM. The College also requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Students entering with no previous Korean language experience should enroll in KOREAN 101. Students entering with previous knowledge of, or high school preparation in, Korean, or transfer students who have studied Korean in other colleges, are assigned to courses on the basis of a departmental placement consultation with the Korean program coordinator. Students placed into a course beyond the 101 level who complete their first course with a grade of at least a B may receive retroactive credits earned at the 200 level or above to a maximum of 16 credits, for the courses leading to the one into which they are placed.

Those who are able to begin their study of Korean by placing into KOREAN 202 or above will take sufficient elective credits, approved by the Korean coordinator, to complete at least 22 credits in the minor with 9 credits at the 300 level or above.

The following (or equivalent or exemption) are required:

The following language courses (or equivalents)
KOREAN 201Third Semester Korean5
KOREAN 202Fourth Semester Korean5
KOREAN 301Fifth Semester Korean3
KOREAN 302Sixth Semester Korean3
Required core course in Korean culture and society
KOREAN 221Korean Culture and Society3
One of the following:3
Internship in Korean, Upper Division
Study Abroad:
Advanced Independent Study
Topics in Global History: (with topic: The Korean War)
Korean Politics and Foreign Policy
Or other 300- or higher-level course focusing on Korea, subject to the approval of the coordinators
Total Credits22