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Department of North Korea Studies

Department of North Korea Studies

Cradle for talented students of knowledge and personality to open and lead the unified era of Korea!!Department of North Korea Studies

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Introduction to Department

Although full-fledged research into North Korea is more than necessary as the Korean nation is expecting their national unification as the greatest moment of history, many other factors makes it remain insignificant and unexplored. In response to this calling, Department of North Korea Studies aims to develop professionals of North Korea and national unification among the young who are the center of the unified history based on appropriate understanding and knowledge necessary in the process of unification process.

Hence, the subjects cover all areas of North Korea politics, economy, society, culture, education and art. The faculty is well-versed in national unification issues, including Hoyeol Yoo (Ph.D. Political Science, North Korea Studies, Ohio State University, Dean of School), Seongwook Nam (Ph.D. Economics, North Korea Economies, University of Missouri), and Hyeongchan Kim (Ph.D. Education, North Korea Political Philosophy, George Peabody College), producing much more excellent students.

After graduation, the students can be public officials working for the Ministry of Unification as well as researchers in research agencies dedicated to unification issues. Especially, domestic companies need many North Korea experts with professional knowledge as their businesses will seek opportunities through inter-Korean economies, socio-cultural exchange, etc. If competent, students will have no difficulty in finding their occupations. Most of all, being the newly explored research area, there are even higher expectations and attractions.

The Department recruited 30 students for the first time on March 1, 1997. Now, it has developed a graduate course. The purpose is to develop professional intellectuals who will be devoted to appropriate national unification. More specifically, it is to cultivate those who will work for national unification by establishing and practicing their views on North Korea and national unification based on the basic knowledge covering North Korea politics, economy, society and culture. Therefore, it is interdisciplinary and regional, too, as it covers academic theories of all areas of North Korea politics, economy, society, culture, art, education, military affair and diplomacy and looks into both theory and practice.

This academic characteristic makes it desirable to comprehensively approach the national unification issues in times of internationalization and globalization. Also, as a way for characterization, North Koreanology cover not only political and economic research but also society, culture and art to develop holistic professionals. Also, as a way for specialization, there are thorough theoretical studies on Kim Ilsung's Juche idea and revolution tradition, which is aimed at development of a counter-theory through criticism and analysis.

Tips on Department

  1. 01What aptitudes are appropriate to enter the department?
    There are North Koreanology major programs to improve inter-Korean relations and develop professionals for the future unification era. Therefore, students shall be creative enough to generate a new paradigm with their intellectual curiosity about the unknown world. Especially, they shall develop wider perspectives to understand and comprehend diversity and heterogeneity generated over the national division of 50 years.
  2. 02What are the characteristics of this department?
    North Koreanology are regional as they are about the regional characteristics of North Korea. The department also aims to develop professionals who will be devoted to national issue such as inter-Korean relationships and national unification. Hence, they shall have an overall comprehension of theories of the humanities and sociology and practice in inter-Korean relationships and national unification affairs.
  3. 03What will we study in this department?
    The department provide lectures to improve overall understanding of North Korea politics, economy, diplomacy, military affair, education, society and culture, religion, press, literature and art and provides in-depth research into Kim Ilsung and Kim Jeongil. It also provides seminars about unification policies, politics around the Korean peninsula and unification scenarios. There are also programs to develop onsite researches and develop professionals who will work for national unification. For this, existing theories and analytic methods are adopted from the humanities and sociological studies. These are applied to develop and analyze new theories and methodologies to cover the specificities of North Korea and inter-Korean relations.a
  4. 04Are their extracurricular activities?
    • Center for North Koreanology: The center is an annexed research institution and archives special materials such as nuclear energy and other image materials to help with in-depth understanding and analysis of North Korea. It also provides domestic and international symposiums to widen the ground for academic exchange and publishes periodicals yearly.
    • Consultative Body of All Departments of North Koreanology in the Republic of Korea: Departments of North Koreanology available in the entire country work together and provide seminars and other various events so that those majoring in North Koreanology can actively exchange information and cooperate.
  5. 05What are the career paths after graduation?
    • Graduates can work for the Ministry of National Unification and other national agencies such as the National Intelligence Agency, the army and the police as professionals specializing in North Koreanology and national unification.
    • They may work as researchers at related professional research agencies or provide lecture or research services at various universities and education facilities.
    • Graduates can be assigned to practical affairs by domestic and overseas companies, civil society organizations and other agencies promoting inter-Korean exchange and cooperation programs. Also, they may open venture companies related to North Korea.