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Korean Unification, Diplomacy and Security

The Department of Korean Unification, Diplomacy and Security

Cultivation of talented students with practical competence and creative thinking!The Department of Korean Unification, Diplomacy and Security

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Korean Unification, Diplomacy and Security aims to develop professionals who are devoted to international issues such as the inter-Korean relationship and national unification. Its goal is to cultivate students with leadership capabilities, a global mind, and pragmatic communication skills. As a result, students shall take a comprehensive and in-depth look at four aspects of this major- the North, unification, diplomacy and security.

Courses are not limited strictly to North Korean politics, economy, and society, but look also at diplomacy and security. Additionally, in keeping with the current trends of internationalization and globalization, most of the courses are designed in English. The faculty is also well-versed in Korean Unification, Diplomacy and Security, and is known for producing excellent students. Members of the faculty include Hoyeol Yoo (Ph.D. Political Science, North Korea Studies, Ohio State University, Dean of School), Seongwook Nam (Ph.D. Economics, North Korea Economies, University of Missouri), and Hyeongchan Kim (Ph.D. Education, North Korea Political Philosophy, George Peabody College).

This academic characteristic makes it desirable to comprehensively approach education from the four perspectives of the North, unification, diplomacy, and security. Furthermore, this department is striving to cultivate students with an in-depth education as a way to prepare them for further study in the graduate school of the Department of North Korean Studies.

Required Student Skills and Qualities

1. A student who is capable of dealing with various social issues as a global leader.

2. A student who possesses comprehensive knowledge of the four areas of the North, unification, diplomacy, and security.

A student who is passionate about national unification and diplomacy with excellent communicative competence.


Name Position Phone Number Email Field of Research Career
Yoo HoYeol Professor 044-860-1272 yoohy@korea.com North Korean Politics, Diplomacy, Comparative Politics Ph.D., Political Science
Nam SeongWook Professor 044-860-1273 namsung@korea.ac.kr North Korean Economy, Transition Theory, Socialism Ph.D., Applied Economics
Lim JaeCheon Professor 044-860-1271 jclim@korea.ac.kr North Korean Leaders, Elite, Institutional Changes Ph.D., Political Science
Balazs Szalontai Professor 044-860-1278 aoverl@yahoo.co.uk North Korean Social structure Ph.D., History


Career Paths after Graduation

Our major was established on March 1, 1997 and has also run a graduate program. It was reformed into Korean Unification, Diplomacy and Security in March, 2017. Graduates may work for the Ministry of National Unification and other national agencies such as the National Intelligence Agency, the army, or the police, as professionals specializing in various subjects like the North, unification, diplomacy, and security. Graduates can be assigned to practical affairs by domestic and overseas companies, or work for civil society organizations and other agencies promoting inter-Korean exchange and cooperation programs. In addition, they may open venture companies related to North Korea or work as researchers in the graduate school of the Department of North Korean Studies.