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Department of Archaeology and Art History

Department of Archaeology and Art History

Vision 2030 Center of the Republic of KoreaDepartment of Archaeology and
Art History

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    The Humanities Building Room No.428

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Introduction to Department

Department of Archaeology and Art History provides research and education in two areas of archaeology and art history. Archaeology is a study on ancient human culture and its traces. It covers research and investigation into the past traces of human beings through historic remains or relics and is in complementary relationships with history. Department of Archaeology and Art History covers research and education in the two areas of archaeology and art history. The common primary research subject of these two areas is the past relics and they have become sophisticated through interactions in the process of their development into contemporary studies.

First of all, archaeology is a study on the culture of ancient human race and their traces. It covers research and investigation into how humans survived in the past based on relics or historic remains. Not only artificial but also all natural traces are the research subject of archaeology. Also, it aims to identify the cultural change processes by excavating, studying and restoring the past relics and historic remains. From this perspective, it is in complementary relationships with cultural anthropology delving into general cultural affairs and history that aims to explore the past based on general literature sources.

On the other hand, art history studies 「History of Art」 and 「History through Art」 with an aim to understand human beings. It explores historic system of art with a focus on spiritual history of human artistic activities and formal analysis of works of art and looks into the characteristics of each time, covering the areas of Korean, Oriental and Occidental paintings, sculpture, handicraft and architecture. For effective studies, basically, understanding of 「Humans and Cultures」 and 「Humans and Art」 is required. It is also closely related to history, aesthetics or art theories.

Department of Archaeology and Art History of College of Humanities was established in 1988. Since its inception, it has developed human resources to lead the studies of Korean art history with a focus on basic research methodologies of archaeology and art history, wider basic knowledge and practice-purported training. Department of Archaeology and Art History also provides diverse academic activities such as regular spring and autumn field trips, regular invitation-based academic lectures and onsite archaeological training in Fukuoka during summer vacations.

Tips on Department

  1. 01What aptitudes are appropriate to enter the department?
    Archaeology and Art History is founded upon comprehensive and integrated thoughts on human beings and history, requiring direct and active acts and thoughts pertaining to relics and historic remains. Also, anyone with elaboration, patience and creativeness necessary to understand and analyze can realize his/her great dream of academic achievement.
  2. 02What are the characteristics of this department?
    The department consists of archaeology and art history. Excellent members of faculty taking pride in their excellent theories and experiences provide the best education to develop professionals through organic relationships with individual students. Independent multimedia lecture rooms and operation system are available along with field trips to relics and historic remains and their excavation.
  3. 03What will we study in this department?
    Archaeology and Art History is not only about the bygone past. The purpose is to develop the capacity to look into the present and forecast the future by restoring the traces of humans through relics and remains.
    For this, students of archaeology will learn thoroughly about the theories, research history and domestic and overseas research outcomes. Also, they will be introduced to Korean, Oriental and Occidental art history so that each of the individuals can experience new research methods in the area of art history.
  4. 04 Are their extracurricular activities?
    Group activities cover onsite excavation for cultural remains, field trips to domestic and overseas relics, play, popular music and soccer, etc.
  5. 05What are the career paths after graduation?
    • Graduate school: Students will enter an interdisciplinary program covering cultural assets in the graduate school and keep studying archaeology, art history and folklore to enter into academic and related agencies.
    • Museum and gallery curator
    • Culture-related occupation: students can enter various culture-related businesses covering art, tourism and exhibition planning in addition to archaeology and art history.
    • Press and publication: graduates can work as journalists specializing in culture. Also, they can be researchers in the humanities areas.