Korea University the Department of German Language and Literature

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Overview

Since its establishment in 1963, the Department of German Language and Literature has fostered numerous individuals skilled in these fields, including over one thousand undergraduates, over one hundred master’s students and dozens of doctoral students. These graduates are currently playing pivotal roles in multiple areas such as academia, the press and publishing, finance, business, education, and the public sector. Recognized for their outstanding German language abilities, the graduates of the Department of German Language and Literature also play important parts in the international business expansion, particularly into Europe, of several corporations. Moreover, over 50 graduates have become professors at various universities.

'Korea University Department of German Language and Literature' History
1962.12 Approval of the establishment of the Department of German Literature
1963.3
  • Establishment of the Department of German Literature in the Faculty of Literature of the College of Liberal Arts and Science
  • Admission of the first class of students (quota of 30 students)
  • Appointment of Prof. Chan Ki Park
  • Prof. Chan Ki Park’s appointment as the first Head of the Department
1963.12 Division of the College of Liberal Arts and Science into the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Engineering, and new affiliation of the Department of German Literature with the College of Liberal Arts
1964.2 Appointment of Prof. Jae June Sone
1966.2 Appointment of Prof. Bong Heum Han
1967.2
  • Graduation of the first class of students (14 students)
  • Founding of the master’s program in the Graduate School
  • Reduction of the admission quota to 25 students
1967.3 Appointment of Prof. Bal Huh
1967.8 Appointment of Prof. Jong-Seo Park
1968.12 Change of the name of the department to the Department of German Language and Literature, based in the College of Liberal Arts
1969.2
  • Graduation of the first master’s course student
  • Founding of the doctoral program in the Graduate School
1973.4 Establishment of the German Studies Institute, whose first president was Prof. Seung Jong Hyeon of the Department of Law
1974.11 Appointment of Prof. Bong Heum Han as the second president of the German Studies Institute
1976.2
  • Graduation of the 10th class of students (30 students)
  • Appointment of Prof. Hwan-Jae Im
1977.3 Implementation of Experimental University policy, entailing the admission of students exclusively according to their majors
1978.3 Admission of 17 students majoring in German Language and Literature
1979.3 Admission of 26 students majoring in German Language and Literature
1980.3 Admission of 14 students majoring in German Language and Literature
1981.3 Admission of 16 students majoring in German Language and Literature
1982.3
  • Revocation of the policy of admission according to major and return to departmental system
  • Increase of the admission quota to 80 students
1982.7.14 Passing away of Prof. Jong-Seo Park
1983 Launch of the first student council of the Department
1985.3
  • Reduction of the admission quota to 70 students
  • Appointment of Prof. Sung Ock Kim
1986.2 Graduation of the 20th class of students (46 students)
1988.3 Reduction of the admission quota to 60 students
1989.3 Reduction of the admission quota to 50 students
1993.2 Retirement and appointment as emeritus professor of Prof. Bong Heum Han
1993.5 Celebration of 30th Foundation Anniversary of the Department
1994.2 Retirement and appointment as emeritus professors of Prof. Chan Ki Park and Prof. Bal Huh
1994.3 Appointment of Prof. Kishik Lee
1995.3 Appointment of Prof. Woo Kyun Shin
1996.2 Graduation of the 30th class of students (45 students)
1996.3 Appointment of Prof. Jae Hyeok Kim
1999.2 Retirement and appointment as emeritus professor of Prof. Jae June Sone
1999.3 학Implementation of the division system, under which the German Language and Literature major was affiliated with the Division of Western Language and Literature, the College of Liberal Arts
1999.7-8 Visit of 20 students from the Department of German Language and Literature to Germany, centering around meeting their academic peers, particularly in regions of the East of the country, with the support of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD). (Supervisors: Prof. Kishik Lee and Karen Schramm)
2000.3 Admission of 41 students as German Language and Literature majors in the Division of Western Language and Literature
2001.3 Admission of 37 students as German Language and Literature majors in the Division of Western Language and Literature
2002.2 Graduation of the 36th class of students (37 students)
2002.3
  • Implementation of the broad division system, under which the German Language and Literature program was affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts
  • Admission of 36 students as German Language and Literature majors in the Division of Western Language and Literature
2002.9 Appointment of Prof. Song Chol Park
2003.11 Hosting of first German Culture Week
2004. 3 Change of the name of the Division of Western Language and Literature to the Division of International Languages and Literature
2006. 8 Retirement and appointment as emeritus professor of Prof. Sung Ock Kim
2011. 2 Retirement and appointment as emeritus professor of Prof. Hwan-Jae Im
2013. 2 Retirement and appointment as emeritus professor of Prof. Woo Kyun Shin
2014. 3 Implementation of the departmental system, under which the Department of German Language and Literature was affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts
2014. 3 Recruitment under the departmental system, and admission of quota of 36 students
2015. 9 Appointment of Prof. Yong Hyun Kim