Why study Korean?

Easiest Asian language to learn

The Korean alphabet, Han-gul, is based upon the shapes of the different speech organs-tongue, tooth, lips, and throat that are used when pronouncing a sound. Once you become familiar with the pronunciations, you should be able to read Korean words right away.

Popularity as a second language

Known as the “Korean wave”, Korean entertainment and culture has become increasingly popular throughout the world. You will better understand Korean pop music, TV dramas, and movies by taking the Korean course.

Job opportunities

Your Korean language skills will open up doors for you when doing business with Korean companies such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai on a global scale. In addition, your Korean language skills will benefit you as an English teacher at the public schools and academies in Korea. Your Korean studies at COD will help you to become a more competitive candidate by learning formal and informal communication styles, as well as understanding Korean humor.

Fun and enjoyment of learning Korean

Korean classes at COD provide a fun and productive learning environment for effective language learning. You will also be able to make lots of friends in class by performing different activities. This course offers not only language instruction but also opportunities to experience a variety of aspects of Korean customs.

Visiting Korea

Korea is a wonderful place to visit. You can see historical landmarks and palaces, shop in luxury malls and at local boutiques, explore beautiful mountains and waterfalls, enjoy hiking, skiing, cycling, and rafting, and interact with native Koreans. Korea offers a variety of fresh seafood as well as delicious and nutritious traditional dishes. The Korean course at COD discusses traditional and modern Korean culture that will help you to understand Koreans and enjoy their culture better.


COD offers Korean courses in the traditional format where classes meet weekly and student have the opportunity to interact with an instructor and their peers.


  • Korean 1101 – Elementary Korean I – 4 credit hours
  • Korean 1102 – Elementary Korean II – 4 credit hours
  • Korean 1840 – Independent Study – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • Korean 2201 – Intermediate Korean I – 4 credit hours
  • Korean 2202 – Intermediate Korean II – 4 credit hours
  • Korean 2860 – Internship (Career and Tech Ed) – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • Korean 2865 – Internship, Advanced (Career and Tech Ed) – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • Korean 2870 – Internship (Transfer) – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • Korean 2871 – Internship, Advanced (Transfer) – 1 to 4 credit hours



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