Certificate in Korean Studies

The Certificate in Korean Studies aims to train and produce students who are linguistically able and culturally informed.  The program consists of two major components.  The first is to build students’ language proficiency in Korean in the area in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing.  The second is to offer students foundational understanding of the culture, history, socio-politics, religions of Korea.  The Certificate allows students to focus on Korean studies, which cannot be attained through the existing degree or non-degree programs in the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages and Asian and Pacific Studies.

It is hoped that the Certificate enhances students’ job opportunities in Korea-related companies in and outside San Diego.  The Certificate may also enhance employability of Teaching English as Second Language to learners with a Korean background (in and outside Korea), as the Certificate demonstrates knowledge/ability in the Korean language and understanding of the Korean culture.


How do I apply for the Certificate program?

Fill out a Certificate Enrollment Form and return it Certificate Administrator, Department of Linguistics, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-7727.

You can register, and pay for, courses for the Certificate in any of two ways:

  1. As an undergraduate candidate for a bachelor's degree, taking the courses as electives (Note: International Business majors may count most of the Certificate course work toward their major requirements, but other majors may count no more than six units toward both an undergraduate major or minor (other than a Linguistics minor), unless otherwise stated).  Information regarding fees can be found at the SDSU University's Tuition and Fees page. You must have been admitted to San Diego State University through the regular application process.

  2. Through the College of Extended Studies ("Open University").  Additional information is available at College of Extended Studies website. No application or acceptance procedure is necessary; the College of Extended Studies is the division of the university open to the general public. (Note: the course work and all Certificate requirements are the same regardless of the way you register and pay for them, and there is no difference between Certificates earned by individuals registering through Extended Studies and those earned by individuals registering as admitted students.)