Department of German Language, Literature and Culture of Sungshin Women's University boasts a relative long history in the Republic of Korean academia related to the studies of German language and literature. In its heyday, the department had the honor to be selected as 'a special department' that represents the university. Most of the Republic of Korean college programs in German language and literature, which were created in the 1980s, have undergone various daunting difficulties with the implementation of schools for the undergraduate program in the 1990s. However, our department has stood ground 'as a department', thus drawing spotlight at home and abroad. Moreover, our department boasts perhaps the sole cultural field trip and student exchange program implemented with University of Freiburg, which created a major university town in Europe and Germany and flaunts its 550-year history.
Staying focused on their study while benefiting from such an incomparable environment, our students can look to an even brighter future. International relations have grown more diversified than ever before as the ideological rivalry between East and West has turned into economic cooperation. In various career path, the command of the English language alone means a lot less in a competition. Furthermore, the already enforced FTA with EU may lead to the Republic of Korean shortage of human resources with German skills. Germany is the economic center of Europe and nearly all of Republic of Korean representatives to EU are positioned in Germany. Spoken not only in Germany but also in Austria, Switzerland, and other parts of the world with German-speaking people, German is the language that is used by the largest population in Europe.
Proud that we are opening up another heyday for Department of German Language & Literature of Sungshin Women's University, the faculty who focuses on students in creating and operating an educational program that fits the new era and the splendid students who prepare to serve as protagonists in the era of globalization are putting in concerted effort.
Educational Goals of Departments
The department aims to cultivate the capability for a critical reception of the western intellectual culture through building diverse language skills such as German speaking, reading, and composition and understanding the German literature. Moreover, the program looks to training high-caliber professionals with a single specialty grounded on their knowledge in the German language and literature and developing the qualities and skills that can contribute to the development of the international community.
- Cultivating the various German language skills
- Fostering capability for a critical reception of the western intellectual culture
- Training proactive professionals for the era of globalization
Students Envisioned by Departments
A specialist in the local cultures in Germany and Europe, based on the German language, literature, and culture.