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Students taking the Certificate in Korean who start from the beginning level are expected to complete a total of 19 credits of coursework. These 19 credits are divided between 4 beginning-  and intermediate-level required courses, and 1 advanced-level elective course. Any students who test out of any of the required courses, according to their proficiency level, must take 15 credit hours in total to qualify for the certificate. Required credit hours will not include credit hours earned through the test. 

Please contact Professor Chan Young Park ( for more information.


I.    Required Courses (16 credits)

Korean 115: Beginning Korean I; 4 credits (Offered in fall only)
Korean 125: Beginning Korean II; 4 credits (Offered in spring only)
Korean 235: Intermediate Korean I; 4 credits (Offered in fall only)
Korean 245: Intermediate Korean II; 4 credits (Offered in spring only)

II.    Electives (3 credits)

Korean 390STA: Pre-Advanced Korean I; 4 credits (offered in fall semesters only)
Korean 3xx (course number TBD): Pre-Advanced Korean II; 4 credits (offered in spring semesters only)    
Korean 497F: Advanced Korean: Modern History; 3 credits *
Korean 497P: Advanced Korean: Premodern History; 3 credits *
Korean 497C: Korean Language: Literature; 3 credits *
Korean 497E: Current Issues in Korea; 3 credits *

*400-level courses are currently offered in alternating spring semesters.

To ensure that equivalent courses taken outside UMass are recognized, they must be examined and approved for equivalency. If you are seeking certification and plan to take a course outside UMass, please consult with the Korean certificate advisor beforehand. You will need to provide the syllabus of the course for which you need equivalency approval, as credit hours and course content may vary by institution, even if the course name is similar. Please note that only language courses count toward the certificate, and at least two courses must be taken at UMass.