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The study of history offers tools for retrieving and interpreting the past and, in the process, for better understanding the questions that challenge our own time. In the Department of History at SKKU, students apply these tools to inquiries that cross geographic and disciplinary boundaries.
 
Through the acquisition of historical theories and the analysis of phenomena, students are able to comprehend historical materials and learn relevant fundamental knowledge and skills like other languages, cultural studies, and social research.
 
The curriculum of the department focuses on; the research of Korean History, East Asian History, Western History and Archeology. By researching past achievements, students apply creative study techniques to contemporary historical models.

 

Contact Us
  • Location
    : #31710, 7th floor of toegye hall of humanities
  • Address
    :25-2, Sungkyunkwan-Ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Telephone
    82-2-760-0301
  • Administration Contacts
Department in Detail
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1. Educational Objectives

▶  The History Department focuses on understanding how human beings led their lives in the past. By reading various kinds of historical records, you can try to communicate with people who lived in different eras, and students can increase their understanding of human beings in the process. Also, we emphasize the ability of students to think logically in the process of reading historical records. Overall, we hope students who go through the course of the History Department can be scholars who understand other people and contribute to common prosperity.

 

2. Courses and Curriculums
Category Core Major General Major

Students aiming

for Learning

Readings on Historical Records of Korean History, Readings on Historical Records of  East Asian History, Readings on Historical Records of the Western History, Understanding Masterworks in the Historical Studies, Composition on the Historical Research Papers
 
Chinese History Part I, History of Japan, The Theory and Practice of History, Introduction to Archaeology, Ancient Korean History, Various Problems of Koryo Dynasty, History of the Chosun Dynasty, Korean Modern History, Problems over the Contemporary Korean History, Political History of the West, Social History of Chinese Culture, History of Nineteenth Century Europe, History of Women and Everyday Life In Western World, Society and Culture of Ancient Greece and Rome
Students aiming for Professional Jobs Readings on Historical Records of Korean History, Readings on Historical Records of  East Asian History, Readings on Historical Records of the Western History, Understanding Masterworks in the Historical Studies, Composition on the Historical Research Papers Ancient Korean History, Various Problems of Koryo Dynasty, History of the Chosun Dynasty, Korean Modern History, Problems over the Contemporary Korean History, Chinese History Part I, Chinese History Part II, History of Japan, The Making of Medieval Europe, The Making of Modern Europe, Understanding of Contemporary Western History, Introduction to Archaeology, Methods of Archaeological Research, Korean Historiography

Students aiming

for Double Major

Readings on Historical Records of Korean History, Readings on Historical Records of  East Asian History, Readings on Historical Records of the Western History, Understanding Masterworks in the Historical Studies, Composition on the Historical Research Papers Ancient Korean History, Various Problems of Koryo Dynasty, History of the Chosun Dynasty, Korean Modern History, Problems over the Contemporary Korean History, Chinese History Part I, Chinese History Part II, History of Japan, The Theory and Practice of History, The Making of Medieval Europe, The Making of Modern Europe, Understanding of Contemporary Western History, Introduction to Archaeology

 

3. Specialty in Major
   Korean History
  ▶  Students will deepen their understanding of Korean history from ancient to contemporary subject areas.
 
   Oriental History
  ▶ Students will review Asian histories, especially focusing on China and Japan.
 
   Western History
  ▶ Students will develop their perspectives on Western histories by understanding historical sources.
 
   Archaeology
  ▶ Students will experience theoretical approaches and practical activity in archaeology.
 
Why Choose Us?
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1. Reputation

The department was previously selected to be a part of the BK21 and BK21+ program. The standard of research we produce has improved due to this support. The department has also placed between 101-150th in the Departments of History internationally and 14-17th in Asia.

2. Student Societies

Society of Historical Social Science

 Date: Twice a month during term-time

 Participant Target: Volunteers from the Department of History

 Program Overview: The goal of the society is to cultivate a methodical and scientific understanding of history through

   socio-scientific approaches to the problems of historical events. We also study the culture and history of the world, and

   also cultural theories and ideas. The best advantage of society is the fact that students can freely discuss and decide the

   study topics they want every semester. Previous topics were; 'The Age of Exploration', 'History of Jewelry', 'Homosexuality

   in History', 'History of Censorship' and so on.

 

Society of Oriental History

 Date: Twice a month during term-time

 Participant Target: Volunteers from the Department of History

 Program Overview: The society studies the history and the relationships of East Asian countries (Korea, China and Japan).

   The students choose from topics such as -'Coloial Modernity', 'The Face Reader', 'Wars and Cultures', 'The Right System of

   the Appointment of 9 levels of Government Officials'-in turn, state the topic and debate in a free, convenient atmosphere.

   Students who are interested in the overall history, its backgrounds, and the relationships among eastern countries,

   actively participate in these debates.

 

Society of Korean History

 Date: Twice a month during term-time

 Participant Target: Volunteers from the Department of History

 Program Overview: The society is for the student to deepen and share their thoughts on Korean history. Students choose 

   from such topics as-‘Unification of Baekjae and Silla', ‘Park, Jeong-hee’, ‘Individuals and the Nation’, ‘Gwangju

   Democratization Movement’, ‘Korean-Japan Agreement’, ‘Donghak and Popular Culture’-and carry out debates.

 

Society of Archaeology and Anthropology

 Date: Twice every month

 Participant Target: Volunteers from the Department of History

 Program Overview: This society was created more than 20 years ago by students who were interested in anthropology

   and humanities. The students state and carry out seminars with topics on anthropology and humanities-'Problems of

   Construction of Lego Land in Chuncheon', 'IS's Destruction of Historical Remains', 'The Castle of Gung-ye in DMZ‘, 'The

   Underground City of Turkey', 'Shamanism', 'History of Nomads'-to accumulate knowledge. The students also explore

   exhibitions or historic sites, and hear the stories from graduates who work at museums or actually participate in

   discovering historical remains.

 

School Week

 Date: Every Tuesday and Thursday in March

 Participant Target: Freshmen of the Department of History

 Program Overview: The 'School Week' is where students introduce the student council and academic societies to the

   freshmen of the major. The members of the student council conduct the school week one by one in turn every Tuesday,

   and the four societies of the department carry out a debate on one topic all together, so the freshman students can

   experience how the societies work.

 

Academic Exploration of Historical Remains

 Date: Once a semester, for 3 days

 Participant Target: Volunteers from the Department of History

 Program Overview: We explore new historical remains students have never explored. In the evening we hold debates or

   recreations, where professors accompany and give feedback. This is a nice event to deviate from everyday life.

 

4. 19 Race

 Date: 19th April

 Participant Target: Volunteers from any department

 Program Overview: The race takes place from the school to the 4.19 national cemetery in Suyu-dong to commemorate the

   4.19 revolution. Colleges of Confucian Studies and Eastern Philosophy, Education and Liberal Arts come together and

   walk/ run to the 4.19 national cemetery, and look back to the significance of the revolution.

 

Commemoration of Patriotic Martyrs

 Date: Once a year, in Spring

 Participant Target: Volunteers from the Department of History (Enrolled Students and Graduates)

 Program Overview: This commemoration is for our graduate student Lee Youn-Seong, who was sacrificed in a movement

   for democracy in 1980's. All students of SKKU who started school from 1970's until today participate in the 

   commemoration and the elders tell about the stories longing for democracy back in 1980's.

 

Farmer-Student United Activity

 Date: 2 ~ 3 times a year (3 days during term-time, 8 days in breaks)

 Participant Target: Volunteers from the Department of History

 Program Overview: This activity takes place in spring and summer. Students volunteer on farms and have converse with

   farmers in the evening. Every student undertakes different roles in the activity, and performing those roles will enhance

   their responsibility. The meals are prepared by the students in turn, so they can learn about life in the community.

 

Games of Department of History-Philosophy (Sa-cheol jeon)

 Date: 1 - 2 times a year

 Participant Target: Students of Department of History

 Program Overview: This is a sports competition with the Department of Philosophy. The winner of soccer, dodge ball and

   relay takes the trophy. The games are intended to promote friendship between the two departments.

 

Festival of Department of History (Sahak jae)

 Date: Once a year
 Participant Target: Volunteers from Department of History (Enrolled Students and Graduates) and all SKKU students

 Program Overview: The programs of the festival consist of rituals, lectures of the graduates, history quiz, court of a

   historic figure and so on. The ritual is for the wellness of the department and the lecture is held to hear good words from

   graduates. Also, the history quiz helps to check the level of knowledge they have aquired so far. The best program of the

   festival is the court of a historical figure. Through the program, students take part in a trial about an historical figure. The

   students prepare all the clothing, props and scripts, and they also promote the program.

3. Support for Students

Various scholarships such as BK21+, Shimsan, and master’s-doctorate linked courses are avaliable. Graduate students are able to receive additional support when participating in overseas training and research projects.

 

There are 5 study groups, 7 seminar groups and 5 different workshops which professors and students take part in together for academic communication. A pre-selection system for graduate students helps to discover talented individuals who are ready for graduate school.

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