The humanities is one of the oldest and most important academic disciplines in the history of humankind, consisting of fields of studies that can help show us the path towards freedom and improvement of self-esteem. The humanities are also comprised of the disciplines that enable us to achieve a worthwhile life and happiness.
The Korean government has granted 6 billion won a year in funding for the so-called CORE (College of Humanities’ Research and Education) Initiative, an undertaking aimed at supporting education programs within the College of Humanities. There are two main objectives for this project: one is to promote Humanities, the other is to expand students’ range of choices for occupational opportunities.
The main education programs of the College of Humanities at Chonnam National University are encompassed by three models: Global Regional Studies (Departments of German/French/Chinese/Japanese Language & Literature), Deep-Foundation Studies (Departments of Korean/English Language & Literature, Departments of History / Philosophy), Convergence Humanities (a combination of Humanities, Computer Technology, Design, and Culture). Following these education programs, students have three possibilities. One is to continue on to graduate school to study Deep-Foundation Studies further. The other is to become global regional experts by studying politics, economy, society, culture, history, philosophy, etc. on the basis of Language & Literature. The third is to complete the course of Convergence Humanities mixed with communications technology, cultural industry, and design curriculum
The College of Humanities at Chonnam National University have developed and offer not only the regular curriculum but also various extracurricular programs for students. These teaching-learning programs consist of ‘the studying humanities group bunched together,’ ‘the group of teaching and learning humanities,’ ‘academic research group for humanities,’ ‘development of teaching method,’ ‘English Writing Lab,’ ‘program for basic humanities competency’ ‘program for writing in humanities,’ etc. To improve students’ employment competency, the College of Humanities at Chonnam National University runs various programs, including International/Domestic Internship, Course/Employment[work] Training Camp, etc.
To carry out the CORE project, a highly qualified staff of 30 individuals (comprised of the project leader, eight professors, eight researchers possessing a doctoral degree, nine teaching assistants, and an administrative staff of two) has been assembled. All members of the College of Humanities at Chonnam National University will do their best to accomplish this important agenda, that is the College of Humanities’ Research and Education (CORE) Initiative. While simultaneously considering both the rapidly changing social environment and the future of humanities, we will take on the responsibility of humanities and suggest the vision of humanities in the posthumanist era.
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