International Studies was established in the College of Social Sciences in 1998 with two majors - International Trade and Commerce, and Area Studies. It was promoted to a Division in 2000. To keep up with rapid globalization and informatization, the Division aims to help students equip themselves with a global mind-set, foreign language skills, and working-level competence before they join the workforce.
The Division of International Studies does not admit students pursuing International Studies as their first major. Instead, students can major in either International Trade and Commerce or Area Studies and Korean Studies as their second major or minor. Accordingly, students who want to major or minor in International Studies need to complete courses offered by the Division (double major: 36 credits, minor: 21 credits) in addition to their first major.
One of the characteristics of the Division of International Studies is that it runs an outstanding research program for each major - (International Trade and Commerce, Area Studies - Japan, and Area Studies – China, Korean Studies). Led by a supervisor, each research program helps students develop their academic interest in each field and supports a variety of activities including weekly meetings, seminars on specific topics, video showings on related topics, sub-group meetings on specific topics of interest, newsletter publication, workshops, special lectures, and the like. Also, the Division of International Studies provides students with overseas field-trip programs during summer vacation so that students can gain hands-on experience in the field of their interest.
The Division of International Studies aims to help students gain a global mind-set, foreign language skills, and working-level competence before they join the workforce.