College Adds Korean Language and Literature;
Korea Foundation Grant Will Help Support New Professorship
January 25, 2005
Mass. -- Next fall, Wellesley College will
add Korean language and literature to its array of academic options.
The new major will be established with help from a grant from the
Korea Foundation to support a new professorship in Korean language,
literature and culture.
“The Foundation sincerely hopes our support will enable
your college to make a notable contribution to the development
of Korean studies in the United States,” said Korea Foundation
President Kwon In Hyuk in a letter to Wellesley President Diana
Chapman Walsh, “and I would like to thank you for your initiative
and efforts in this regard.”
“Our goal is to have an undergraduate East Asian languages
and literatures program of the highest quality and stature,” said
Walsh. “The study of Korean language and culture is essential
to this goal, and we are committed to continuing the professorship
with internal funding at the end of the grant period.”
The three-year grant is for $218,905, paid in three annual installments.
A national search is now underway to hire a Korean language and
literature professor who will join the Wellesley College faculty
Wellesley inaugurated a new department of East Asian Languages
and Literatures in July 2004, providing a framework to incorporate
the study of Korea into the curriculum.
Wellesley has a long tradition of interest and involvement in
Asia, dating nearly to its founding in 1870. For decades, the college
has had outstanding departmental programs in Chinese and Japanese,
with other courses related to China, Japan and Korea taught in
many departments including anthropology, art and art history, English,
history, music, political science, religion and writing. The new
umbrella program in East Asian Studies provides a structure to
coordinate existing programs, raise the profile of Asian studies
at Wellesley and create new academic opportunities.
“Korea has been an underrepresented area in our curriculum,
and the college has long wanted to address this gap,” said
Dean of the College Andrew Shennan. “Given the rising international
profile and global impact of South Korea, we believe that the study
of Korean language and literature is one of our most pressing curricular
needs. We are very grateful to the Korea Foundation for its help
in launching these efforts.”
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an
excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For
more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.
in 1991, the Korea Foundation is an independent organization
to enhance Korea’s image and reputation in the
world through promotion of various academic and cultural exchange
programs. For more information, go to www.kofo.or.kr/.