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The Master's Program has 11 departments covering every area of the world. Students major in one of the three social fields of politics, economics, or society and culture. The curriculum focuses on theoretical and analytical skills, language mastery, and practical knowledge necessary to excel in the professional world. Candidates write a faculty-supervised Master’s thesis in either English or their regional specialty language

Since its establishment in 1996 with the goal of systematizing and globalizing Korean Studies, the Korean Studies Department at GSIAS has produced many competent graduates through an active support system that boasts a comprehensive scholarship program for international students. Graduate students are able to nurture their intellectual interests by selecting courses from a broad curriculum covering Korea's politics, international relations, economy, society, and culture and history in conjunction with courses in the Korean language that help students develop fluency. Graduates are now working in their home countries as specialists in various Korea-related fields. The department also admits Korean students with the aim of training them to teach the language and about the country in all aspects.
◎ Advantages
- Field Trip Activities Program
- High rate of international students
- Lectures in Korean language

HUFS has the longest history of teaching and research about China of any university in Korea. More than 100 alumni work as full-time professors of Chinese Studies in both domestic and overseas universities, and many graduates work as China specialists in private companies as well as for the government. The graduate school’s Chinese Studies Department offers the most diverse curriculum in Korea and provides learning and research opportunities through classes taught by full-time Chinese-speaking professors. The department’s top-level scholarship system for new and continuing students achieves a synergistic effect through building cooperative relationships with the university’s Foreign Studies Research Center and the prestigious Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation.

The educational goal of Japanese Studies at GSIAS contrasts with that of traditionally organized Japanese departments in Korea that focus on linguistic and literary studies. The program at the GSIAS aims to offer a comprehensive and systematic understanding of Japanese politics, economy, society, history, and culture in order to produce Japanese specialists who will play a constructive role in the domain of knowledge-informatization in 21st-century Korean society and also contribute to the expansion of Korea-Japan relations in all fields. In order to achieve this educational goal, the department operates student exchanges with the University of Tsukuba and Yamaguchi University. With a deep understanding about Japan, graduates of the Japanese Studies Department show a high annual employment rate; many of them enter international companies, the national government, Japanese companies in Korea, or work in the media. Also, as Japanese pop culture is opening up more and the Korean wave is having an influence in Japan, it is expected that graduates of the Japanese Studies Department will contribute to the serious academic understanding of this contemporary phenomenon of cross-cultural impact.

 
Southeast Asia consists of eleven countries. Mainland Southeast Asia includes Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Islands in Southeast Asia include Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, and East Timor. South Asia includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. The department offers interdisciplinary Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in this macro-region. As with the other GSIAS departments, students choose a concentration in politics, economy, or society and culture, and one of the languages of South Asia or Southeast Asia. The department curriculum is designed for individuals who want to enrich their knowledge of the South or Southeast Asia region, taking into account regionalization organizations like ASEAN and SAARC. Students entering the program are usually interested in careers in the foreign service, government, international assistance/development enterprises, or teaching. The GSIAS program has special strengths in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and India.

Middle East and African Studies aims at fostering specialists with the ability to analyze and consider the future prospects of the rapidly changing countries of the Middle East and Africa through accurate assessment of their current politics, economy, society, and culture. In order to cope with the heterogeneity of the countries comprising the mega-region of the Middle East and Africa, the department set up a high-quality expert training program led by professors specializing in the major languages of each area (Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, and Swahili). With more than 10 faculty members, the department provides students with a learning environment of the highest quality, instructional programs built on a solid academic foundation, and delivered by a faculty with extensive experience and world-class credentials. The department not only offers a number of scholarships to students with academic excellence and zeal but also supports students’ trips to the Middle East and Africa's regions every summer.
◎ Advantages
- KIEP (Korea Institute for International Economic Policy) Project
- KIEP Scholarship, Special Lecture Series, Assistance for Exchange & Internship Program, Assistance for Area Studies

 
In December 1991 the fifteen Republics that had formed the Soviet Union became independent sovereign states, twelve of which became the new Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The fifteen post-communist countries are no longer closed spaces, but have become wide-open “lands of opportunities” for many countries in the world, including Korea. The educational aim of the Russia-CIS Studies Department is to produce active and creative specialists who will play a key role in developing partnership relations between the countries of the region and Korea. The chief characteristic of this department is that it pursues policy -oriented studies based on the use of social scientific methods and knowledge that can be directly applied in the field. Based on a command of knowledge of the fifteen countries including linguistic competence in Russian, regional languages, and English the educational focus of the department is on a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the complex Russia-CIS mega-area. This is reflected in a thriving multidisciplinary program that aims to cultivate the qualities needed by specialists in the professional fields of politics/diplomacy, trade/investment, and cultural interchange.
◎ Advantages
- Variety of Russia-CIS area specialist training programs
- Organizational and education connections with Russian Institutes
- Weekly special lectures by Russia-CIS specialists from inside and outside of the country
- Russia-CIS Academic Seminar (twice per year)
- Publishes collection of theses from Russia-CIS department in Korean and the Russia-CIS Review in English.

 
European Union Studies at GSIAS develops European region specialists at a time when relations between Korea and the EU are anticipated to grow substantially. Especially after the signing of the free trade agreement between Korea and the EU, we anticipate growing need for experts to actively deepen exchange between the world's largest economic area and Korea. To this end, the department provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary program focused on the EU’s politics, security, economy, society, and culture and those of its 27 member states. Students in the EU Studies Department at GSIAS cultivate the basis for becoming EU specialists through systematic and rigorous study of the dynamic changes in the EU’s politics and international relations, economy, and society and culture, with the overall focus on the process of European integration. During the course of their study, students are required to improve their linguistic competence in one or more of the languages of the EU member states (including English, which is the main language of instruction). Language command is tested upon graduation. Most graduates work in businesses, research institutes, international organizations and trade promotion institutions. In addition, some graduates have expanded their career aspirations in the direction of government-affiliated institutions, diplomacy and higher education .
◎ Advantages
- A number of scholarships offered by HUFS and GSIAS
-Opportunities for research assistant and internship programs
- One of the most comprehensive curricula in EU studies in Korea and in Asia
- Variety of seminars, workshops andcolloquia for students in EU studies
- Participation in CICS projects and activities

TheU.S. and CanadianStudies Department aims at producing area specialists able to compete on the global stage as competent professionals with regional knowledge in the fields of politics, economy and society, and culture. To this end the department offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary education through graduate seminars and special lectures. The detailed curriculum is divided into three fields: politics and diplomacy, economy and management, and society and culture. The politics and diplomacy track consists of courses both on domestic political progress and structure and on diplomacy and national security. The economy/management track studies North American finance and international management policies in the changing global business environment. The society/culture track provides a systematic understanding of the culture of the North American region from its history and popular culture to social structure and changes in family and race. All course work is done in English. Students are expected to raise their English skills to a high level and conduct their own research based on their understanding of and interest in their field of specialization.
◎ Advantages
- English mastery through discussion-centered coursework
- In-depth understanding of American (and Canadian) politics, society, and culture
- Intensive and dynamic classes structured like graduate programs at American universities
- One semester overseas study at an American or Canadian university

Department of Latin American Studies aims at cultivating area specialists with knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean region in the fields of politics, economy, business, and society, and culture. To this end the department offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary program through graduate seminars and special lectures. The sub-major field of politics consists of courses focusing on understanding the macro-region's political development and democracy, political economy, and international relations. The economy/business track is composed of courses on Latin America’s macro-economy, the region’s interaction with the world economy, and regional economic integration. The society/culture concentration consists of courses providing a broad understanding of Latin American and Caribbean society covering history, culture, social structure, and changes in race and religion. Thanks to a grant from the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, the Latin American Studies Department offers a course each semester alternating between a Latin America Policy Seminar and a Latin American Business Seminar. High-ranking officials from Korean and foreign governments, domestic and international organizations and firms, as well as scholars and experts are invited to present lectures in these courses. The professional development activities ofstudents receive support from abroad-based institutional linkages with the region's universities and selected organizations,as well aswith Koreaninstitutions that facilitatedirect contacts and enhance exchanges/study abroad programs and internship opportunities.

People around the world are joining in on the cooperative mode toward achieving peace where the activities of citizens through international and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) constitute the most important elements. As the nation, which the current UN Secretary-General calls home, Korea aspires to serve as a hub for exchange, cooperation and research for world peace.

The Department of International Development Studies was established in 2010 with a goal of fostering students with interests in contributing to the world development to acquire an understanding of interdisciplinary and multidimensional aspects of development and underdevelopment in the world. Students have opportunities to learn wide and deep from i) a broad range of available courses not only from the department but also from ten other departments at the GSIAS mostly specializing in respective area studies of many developing regions of the world; ii) discussions with fellow students from more than 20 different developing countries each year; and iii) one semester abroad under exchange ties with over 200 partner institutions in the world (*subject to competitive selection). Career chances for graduates are widely ranged from public, private, domestic to international.
◎ Advantages
- Variety of elective courses, seminars and special lecture series on development and Korea
- High rate of international students
- Variety of scholarships including working as Student Coordinator for HUFS-KOICA SP participants from developing countries

HUFS’ GSIAS-KOICA Master’s Program in Comparative Development is specially designed to offer curricula for public officials in developing countries who seek high-quality education in international development.

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