Korea University. the School of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Concept of Interdisciplinary Studies

Modern society expects professionals to have expertise in disciplines that correspond to complex and diverse social phenomenon. The School of Interdisciplinary Studies, established in response to this demand, invites students to undertake “multidisciplinary studies” where they design their own major by choosing courses that correspond to their interests.

Students in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, especially those intent on serving in the public sector, are guided in choosing and designing their courses based on their individual aptitude and career paths. Prior to graduation, the school provides them with fundamental knowledge in law, which is essential for public leaders.

Concept of Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Major in Public Governance and Leadership

The interdisciplinary major in public governance and leadership nurtures leaders for the public sector. The curriculum thoroughly prepares students by offering them various opportunities to grow into successful leaders in the public sector.

The most common method of serving in the public sector is through a state examination, and the students of Korea University have performed well each year in the national bar exam, higher civil service examination, and diplomatic service examination.

Although the College of Law, which played a key role regarding the bar exam, has been abolished, its accumulated knowledge and expertise are being utilized in the new interdisciplinary major of public governance and leadership.

The interdisciplinary major in public governance and leadership provides several programs to support students in their future careers in various fields, including civil service.

Requirements

Students complete the interdisciplinary major in public governance and leadership (designed major) comprising basic courses in law, administration and economics while concurrently fulfilling the requirements of their primary major.

Students in their first-year enroll in the interdisciplinary major program and acquire basic legal knowledge. Students in their second or subsequent year select one department from among the 23 departments in the humanities and social sciences (excluding the College of Education) as their selected major and complete the requirements.

Students admitted to the School of Interdisciplinary Studies must complete the requirements for the interdisciplinary major in public governance and leadership in addition to their primary major. Upon fulfilling the requisite graduation requirements, students are conferred a bachelor’s degree in both the primary major and interdisciplinary major in public governance and leadership.

Student Classification and Major

Student Classification and Major
Classification Department Major
First year School of Interdisciplinary Studies Interdisciplinary major in public governance and leadership + general education (required, core)
Second and subsequent years Department of OO, School of Interdisciplinary Studies Interdisciplinary major in public governance and leadership + primary major