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Korean Studies

An ancient country with a rich history and culture, Korea is today one of the most dynamic places on earth. Divided in two since the mid-twentieth century, the southern half of the peninsula is a mature democracy, an economic juggernaut, and the center of a phenomenon referred to as "K-boom," an explosive growth in global consumption of Korean popular culture from music and drama to food and beauty. The northern half is a communist nation with nuclear ambitions, and one of the most poorly understood countries in the world. To make sense of the Asian region today and the world at large, it is vital to understand Korea’s complex traditions and modern transformations from humanistic perspectives. ALC’s vibrant Korean Studies Program, one of the largest in the country, offers a wide range of courses on premodern and modern history, religion, literature, cinema, art, and popular culture.

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