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Why Study Korean?

Korean, 한국어(Hangugeo), is the official language of Korea and is spoken by more than 77 million people worldwide. The number of Korean language learners has grown due to South Korea’s increasingly visible roles in the world economy, technological innovation, and global pop culture.

Korean as a foreign language is also of global importance in the U.S., which means there will be a high demand for Korean-English bilinguals.  Learning Korean provides new career opportunities with prominent international companies such as Samsung, Hyundai, and LG, as well as government work in the U.S. and Korea.  In essence, the mastery of the Korean language will secure a competitive edge in any Korean-English related work field. 

Korean language can open job opportunities, earn scholarships, and allow students to study abroad.  Students can gain a greater perspective into Korean businesses and multimedia (K-Pop, K-Drama), and so much more!

The Korean alphabet, 한글(Hangeul), is one of the most scientific alphabets and is easy to learn.  Hangeul is the only alphabet in the world with historical documentation of its creation by founder, King Sejong, in the 15th century.  Hangeul is a phonetic alphabet with 24 letters and is easy to read and write.  Korean has many interesting linguistic and cultural features such as: multiple speech levels, honorific expressions, and different grammatical participles in relation to its sentence structure.

While learning Korean, students will be introduced to a broad range of the Korean culture as well.

The Korean Club is an active UTSA student group involved in many different activities. 

Courses Offered:


  • ​KOR 1014 & 1024 (Elementary Korean 1 & 2)

  • KOR 2013 & 2023 (Intermediate Korean 1 & 2)

  • KOR 3032 Advanced Languages Skills


  • CSH 1213: Topics in World Culture: Korea

  • CSH 1213: East Asian Pop Culture

  • CSH 2113: The Foreign Film: Korean Film

  • CSH 3823: East Asian Pop Culture

  • CSH 3823: Advanced Topics in World Cultures: Korea

  • CSH 4003: East Asian Colloquium

  • CSH 2113 East Asian Film

Study Abroad:

Study Abroad Program in Korea

If you are interested in learning more about the Korean programs at UTSA, contact Dr. Deukhee Gong.

Current Events:

Korean Faculty at UTSA

Deukhee Gong, Ph.D. Lecturer for Korean.


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