Welcome to the Department of International Studies
International Studies is defined by Britain’s International Studies Association as “the study of major political, economic, social, and cultural issues that dominate the international agenda.” This is the subject matter of our Department of International Studies as well. Students can choose from a range of courses on everything from human rights to environmental issues, or they can focus on whatever general area interests them the most: politics, economics, business, etc.
Several things make our department different from most of the others at Dongseo University. First, all our courses are conducted in English by North American professors. Second, we place great emphasis on class discussion. Third, we have a large contingent of international students. As a result we can offer Korean students an experience that we call “국내 유학” or “studying abroad while in Korea.” But I should add that we also send an especially high number of our students to foreign exchange programs as well.
Prospective students often ask me what level of English is necessary to take our classes. Our first-year content is taught in rather straightforward English. Some students find it difficult for a semester or two, but by the second year they notice that their speaking, writing, reading and listening skills have all improved a lot. Of course, if you struggled with English in high school, you might want to consider choosing another department. Otherwise you will have little difficulty keeping up, so long as you concentrate in class, read the assigned texts, and take advantage of the opportunity to practice English with other students.
Some people seem to think that an international studies degree sounds too vague or uncommon to be useful. In fact most universities in South Korea now offer such degrees in English-only departments precisely because it is such a useful major. Since our first graduating class in 2012 we have seen many of our students go on to good jobs not only in South Korea but also in other countries ranging from the United States to Japan. Other graduates have gone on to master’s degree programs in Europe or North America; some have even received full scholarships from universities there.
In short, if you are interested in an international career, or in working with foreign companies here in South Korea, why not consider joining us? Should you have questions, please feel to contact our office in English or Korean, by telephone or email.
Brian Myers, PhD
Director, Department of International Studies