The Department of International Studies (DIS) was launched in the Spring semester of 2018 as a Master-only program. Relatively young among the GSIAS departments, the DIS has been growing. In Spring 2020 the DIS and the Department of International Relations (Ph.D.) were integrated into one under the name of the DIS. Also, the DIS and the Department of International Development Studies will be integrated, starting from Fall 2020.

As a result, the DIS offers both Master’s and Ph.D. programs in five concentrations: International Relations, International Trade, International Development, Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies and Cultural Heritage.

International Relations

The International Relations (IR) Concentration aims to produce a select group of highly qualified scholars and practitioners in the field of security studies, global politics, alliance politics, conflict resolution, and international organization. To do so, the IR Concentration offers courses not only engaging in theoretical discussions, but also applying theories to empirical cases. A special focus of empirical studies lies on the region of Indo-Pacific, including Northeast and Southeast Asia, and such states as the two Koreas, the US, China, Japan, Russia, Australia and ASEAN states, among others.

International Development

Students concentrating on International Development (ID) learn to understand the interdisciplinary and multidimensional nature of development and underdevelopment around the world. Students enjoy the lively and mutual learning ID community within the department, with fellow students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds from all over the globe. Experienced and enthusiastic professors offer excellent training for a career in development policy or practice, or for further study in the field. ID program graduates pursue careers in a variety of fields, both public and private, domestically and internationally. The PhD program in International Development provides an opportunity for students to pursue in-depth research based on unique fieldwork in a developing context of the student’s choice, in consultation with a thesis advisor.

International Trade Concentration

The International Trade Concentration (ITC) is designed for young professionals pursuing careers in international business and trade organizations and chambers of commerce, as well as academic scholars. The International Trade Concentration provides a comprehensive introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of successful global trade promotion and trade relations techniques, combined with an understanding of the role of governments and international organizations in setting policy and standards that govern global trade. As such, the program focuses on trade policy and promotion strategies supplemented with statistical training.

Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies

Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies (CS) addresses the complex role, operation, and effect of culture in global and transnational society. The multidisciplinary efforts of the CS concentration offer educational opportunities to graduate students interested in the intellectual, academic, and professional life that recognizes the importance of cultural economies and politics in the interconnected world. Students in the CS concentration receive interdisciplinary education in the major theoretical frameworks and methodological paradigms to conduct research on cultural mediation, policy, institutions, and practices from a comparative perspective, and to pursue a career in the related academic fields as well as in the cultural industry, international organizations, and the public sector.

Cultural Heritage

The Cultural Heritage (CH) Concentration provides students with the opportunity to learn both the academic foundation of heritage studies and its practical aspects, focusing upon relevant international bodies, including UNESCO. The courses offered in this concentration highlight a variety of topics related to culture and cultural heritage in the context of globalization. Potential career paths for the graduates with this concentration include: working at relevant international organizations and NGOs, pursuing academic careers in the field, and governmental or civilian positions related with cultural heritage, among others. Students who do not have a background in cultural heritage are also encouraged to apply to this concentration, as the curriculum of this concentration starts with introductory level courses on cultural heritage and globalization.

1. Concentrations within the Department

○ International Relations
○ International Development
○ Internatioanl Trade Concentration
○ Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies
○ Cultural Heritage

- Prospective Students should declare their concentration at the time of application.
- Students may change their concentration before they begin their second semester upon approval of coordinating professors.

2. Programs and Degrees conferred

Ph. D program

○ International Relations: Ph.D. in International Relations
○ International Development: Ph.D. in International Development
○ International Trade Concentration: Ph.D. in Economics
○ Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies: Ph.D. in Sociology
○ Cultural Heritage: Ph.D. in Anthropology

* In Korean:
○ 국제관계: 국제관계학 박사
○ 국제개발: 국제개발학 박사
○ 국제통상: 경제학 박사
○ 비교사회문화: 사회학 박사
○ 문화유산: 인류학 박사

* The Department has been working toward allowing students to have an option of being conferred the degree of ‘Ph.D. in International Studies (with a specialty in a ‘Concentration’)’ effective from the Fall Semester, 2020 (TBC).
Ex) For students whose concentration is International Relations, the degree would be ‘Ph.D. in International Studies (with a specialty in International Relations)’.
- In Korean: 국제학 박사(세부전공) Ex) 국제학 박사(국제관계 전공)

Joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program

Available to HUFS undergraduate students

Integrated Master’s and Ph.D. degree program

Available to anyone who holds a B.A degree or higher.

3. Curriculum

Ph.D. Program

○ To qualify for the Ph.D. degree, students must complete at least 36 credits.


Number of Credits


Departmental Requirement


‘International Studies in the Global Age’

Concentration Requirement


One course designated by the coordinating professor of each Concentration

Elective Concentration Courses


Seven courses offered by Concentration



Three courses of student’s choice offered within GSIAS
(*Students may take courses outside GSIAS upon the approval of the coordinating professor of each Concentration)




○ To qualify for the Ph.D. degree, students must write and successfully defend a Ph.D. dissertation in English.

Integrated Master and Ph.D. Program

○ To qualify for the Ph.D. Degree, students must complete at least 64 credit points.


Number of Credits*


Foreign Language Requirement


- Non-native English speakers: English
- Native English speakers should declare a foreign language relevant to their research and take two courses within the first two semesters of the program.
* Those native English speakers who are fluent in their second language may be exempt from this requirement upon the approval of the coordinating professor of their Concentration. In that case, such students should fulfill 4 credits by taking courses of their choice in consultation with their concentration’s coordinating professor.

Departmental Requirement


‘International Studies in the Global Age’

Concentration Requirement


One course designated by the coordinating professor of each Concentration

Elective Concentration Courses


Thirteen courses offered by Concentration



Three courses of student’s choice offered by the Department
(*Students may take courses outside the Department upon the approval of the coordinating professor of each Concentration)

Elective GSIAS Courses


Two courses offered by other GSIAS Departments




○ To qualify for the Ph.D. degree, students must write and successfully defend a Ph.D. dissertation in English.

- Students do not need to write a Master’s thesis.

4. The ‘UN Peace Studies’ Program

○ The ‘UN Peace Studies’ Program is operated under the umbrella of the Department of International Studies. However, the program is run according to agreed-upon principles, regulations, and rules between HUFS and the University for Peace.

○ Master’s students enrolled in the department of International Studies may apply for the ‘UN Peace Studies’ Program during their first year to spend the second year at the University for Peace located in San Jose, Costa Rica. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of both HUFS and the University for Peace, students are to be awarded dual degrees, one from HUFS and the other from University for Peace.
(*Detailed information is available from the GSIAS office.)

5. Courses

○ Every course is offered in English. - The list below will be updated by the coordinating professor of each Concentration by adding new available courses each semester.

Departmental Requirement

International Studies in the Global Age

Concentration Requirement

- International Relations: Introduction to International Security
- International Development: Development History, Theories and Ideas
- Socio-Cultural Studies: Proseminar in Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies

- International Trade Concentration: International Trade Policy

- Cultural Heritage: Cultural Heritage and International Cooperation

Elective Concentration Courses

International Relations 


Seminar on International Relations
International Conflicts
US Foreign Policy
International Relations in East Asia
Political Dynamics in East Asia
Terrorism and International Politics
UN and Other International Organizations
Resource Politics
Globalization and Social Change
Global Governance
International Negotiation
International Regime
Human Rights and International Politics
Peace and Conflict Resolution in International Studies
Nuclear Weapons and International Politics
International Politics and International Organization
Theory and practice of public diplomacy
Game theory and the analysis of international relations
US Government and Politics
US Foreign Policy in Asia and the Korean Peninsula
Survey of Global Conflicts
Global Governance
Introduction to International Security
South Korea's Foreign Policy
Aid, Security and Foreign Policy in East Asia
Survey of Global Conflicts
Advanced Theories on International Politics
North East Asia and Global Security
Proseminar on International Relations
Research Methods in International Politics
WMD and International Conflicts
Natural Resource and International Relation
International Politics Thesis Seminar I and Ⅱ
Human Security
Methodology on Political Survey
American Foreign Policy on the Korean Peninsula
Korean Peninsula Division and Unification:  from the International Perspective Korean Peninsula Division and Unification
Korea-China-American Strategic Triangle

Research Method 

US-led Military Alliances in the Asia-Pacific

Seminar on Theories of International Politics

Europe and Global Governance in a Post-COVID-19 World

International Organizations and Global Issues

International Relations of Asia-Pacific

International Security Policy and Cases

The US Grand Strategy and North Korea Nuclear Crisis

Comparative Political Methods

International Development

Development Actors, Issues and Challenges
Poverty, Inequality and Development
Politics of Development
Development Policies and Practices
Gender and Development
Political Economy of International Development Assistance
Development Cooperation Practicum: Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
Research Design and Methodology for Development Studies
Good Governance in Development
Global Governance and NGOs
Globalization and International Migration
Development Economics
Trade and Development
Financing Development
Aid, Security and Foreign Policy in East Asia
Environment and Sustainable Development
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
Korean Economic Development
Korean Modernization and Current Issues
Advanced Research Workshop on Development Impact Analysis
Human Security

Development Policy and Practice: Social Protection

Seminar in Sustainable Development

Financing development

ICT for Social Change

Industries and Development in Africa




International Trade Concentration

Statistical Analysis of International Trade
Comparative Analysis of FTA
FTA and International Trade
Topics in FTA
Topics in International Enterprise
Overseas Regional Economics
International Trade Theory
Relationships Between International Organizations and U.S. Politics and Trade Policies
International Trade
Trade policy and Cases
International Economics I and II
Methodology on Statistics & Survey
European Industry and Commercial Policy

Contemporary Issues in International Economic Relations

Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies

Globalization and Transnationalism
Migration and Diasporas
Body and Society 
Consumer Society
Global Popular Culture

Communication and Culture

Technology and Society

Race, Class and Gender

Gender and Globalization

Global Politics of Health and Science

Gender, History, Culture in East Asia

Media, Culture, Korean Society

Seminar in Global Korean Studies

American Society in Hollywood Films

Ethnography of Modern Society

Theory and Method in Qualitative Research

Comparative Methods in Society and Culture

Special Topics in Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies


*All elective concentration courses of Cultural Heritage are counted as elective concentration courses of Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies.


Cultural Heritage

Multiculturalism and Globalization
Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Seminar on Heritage Studies
Cultural Heritage in Korea
Cultural Heritage Policy
Cultural Heritage and International Cooperation
Critical Heritage Studies: Understanding Heritage



*All elective concentration courses of Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies are counted as elective concentration courses of Cultural Heritage. 

6. Faculty

○ Chair of the Department: Prof. Jae Jeok Park
○ Coordinating Professor for ‘International Relations’: Prof. Jae Jeok Park
○ Coordinating Professor for ‘International Development’: Prof. Yunjeong Yang
○ Coordinating Professor for ‘International Trade’: Prof. Seungrae Lee
○ Coordinating Professor for ‘Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies’: Prof. Jin Kyung Park
○ Coordinating Professor for ‘Cultural Heritage’: Prof. Sangmee Bak
○ Chair of ‘UN Peace Studies’ Program: Prof. Daewon Ohn