Korean

College of Arts and Sciences

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature offers an undergraduate major and minor in Korean, through which students develop their ability to read, write and speak Korean and gain an understanding and appreciation of the literature, linguistics and culture associated with the language. A popular option for many undergraduates at the UW is to combine a major in Korean with a second major from another department, such as Computer Science, Business Administration or Global and Regional Studies. Graduates of the department go on to a wide variety of career fields such as health care, technology, government, entertainment, education, marketing and business, reflecting the indispensability of knowledge of Asian languages and cultures in our increasingly interconnected world.

Major category: Minimum requirements

Minor available

Topic: Arts

Applicant type

Freshman

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Korean is a minimum requirements major. You may declare this major after enrolling at the UW and completing the prerequisites. Visit the department website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Transfer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Transfer students must be enrolled at the UW before applying to the major.
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

A student entering the junior year without two years of the appropriate foreign language will not be able to complete the degree requirements in two years unless they take accelerated courses at the UW during summer quarter.

Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA is required.

Courses required for the major:

  • 20 credits in the language of primary concentration
  • One writing (W-prefix) course in English, with minimum grade of 2.0

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 11
Total from Washington community colleges: 4

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: <5
3.50 – 3.74: <5
3.25 – 3.49: <5
3.00 – 3.24: <5
2.75 – 2.99: <5
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5



Career outcomes