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Humanities and International Studies

  • The College of Humanities and International Studies is divided into the following 13 majors/departments :
    • Korean Language and Literature
    • Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language
    • English Language and Literature
    • German and Europe Studies
    • Chinese language and Chinese Studies
    • Japanese Language and Japan Studies
    • Russian and Central Asian Studies
    • American Studies
    • Spanish and Latin American Studies
    • History
    • Christian Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Creative Writing

Each of the departments above is developing a vision for the future by providing a learning environment in which students can study their majors in the context of both the past and the present. Students are empowered to investigate diverse fields of knowledge (domestic and foreign cultures, history, international and area studies and so on) and learn how to understand these different fields within authentic frames of reference, while at the same time acquiring their own personal ideas and insights.


The College of Humanities and International Studies was established in 2015 by combining two major colleges at Keimyung University: The College of Humanities and the College of International Studies.

The College of Humanities has its origins in the Philosophy Department and English Language and Literature Department of Keimyung Christian College, which was founded in 1954 and subsequently became Keimyung University in 1978. At that time the Humanities College had a total of six departments (Korean Language and Literature, Philosophy, History, English Language and Literature, German, and French). Then in 1997, in accordance with a newly adopted system in higher education, the college was subdivided into two different tracks: the Humanities Track (Korean Language and Literature Department, Philosophy, and History) and the Language-Literature Track (English Language and Literature Department, German, and French). In 2003, these two tracks became two independent colleges: the Humanities College (Korean Language and Literature Department, Philosophy, History, Ethics, Theology, Creative Writing, and Korean Studies) and the Foreign Language-Literature College (English Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Chinese Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, and Russian Language and Literature). In 2007 these two colleges were reunited as the Humanities College, which now has a total of twelve departments.

The College of International Studies first opened its doors in 1979 under the name of the College of Foreign Studies. Established as the first college of area studies in Korea, it was selected in 1997 by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources as a government-sponsored college to nurture experts in foreign cultures and international relations. The college focused on developing the practical expertise and capabilities of students thus helping them become true leaders in a globalized world.

Educational Objectives

Nowadays the world is overcoming geographical and cultural boundaries, and is becoming a vast global village owing to the current trend of globalization and the rapid development of information communication technology. The educational objective of the College of Humanities is to ensure that students acquire the basic consciousness and accomplishments necessary for them to become active world citizens, who are international professionals capable of taking on the responsibilities of leadership in a global age.

Distinctive Educational Features and Facilities

The College of Humanities and International Studies locates its departments in two buildings: Yeongam Hall and Smith Hall.
Yeongam Hall, the building that houses the College of Humanities and International Studies and Teachers’College on Keimyung University’s Seongseo Campus, was built in 1983. It has an area of 17,701㎡.Departments focusing on international and area studies are located in Smith Hall: Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, American Studies, European Studies and Spanish and Latin American Studies. The building was built in 1994. It has an area of 5,411.7㎡. All of its classrooms are provided with multimedia facilities. Each building has one special lecture room equipped with state-of- the-art facilities, where lectures can be conducted and recorded simultaneously.

  • The main curriculum of [what?] comprises a wide range of subjects relating to general education, specific majors, and teacher education
  • The college aims to provide a basic liberal arts education and international and area studies. By doing so, it expands students’ opportunities for multi-majoring.
  • The college aims to provide a basic liberal arts education and international and area studies. By doing so, it expands students’ opportunities for multi-majoring.
  • Lectures in the Language and Literature Track have been raised to the level of institutions in the countries of the target language through the employment of well-qualified foreign professors.
  • The program in International and Area studies is one of leading programs in Korea, offering a comprehensive understanding of the politics, economy, society, and culture of the country in which students specialize.
  • Students are also able to benefit from semesters abroad and foreign language training programs that are held in major foreign universities and colleges that have a relationship with Keimyung University.
  • The college also supports various kinds of activities in order to encourage students’ independent research.

Administration Office

  • Web masterCollege of Humanities and International Studies Administration Team
  • Tel+82-53-580-5013

Update date2022-09-19