Launched in 2005 as the Korean Studies Initiative, the Institute for Korean Studies was officially established as an institute in 2011 to unify efforts and strengthen Korean programming for academic collaboration and outreach. The mission of the Institute for Korean Studies is to provide leadership for Korean Studies at The Ohio State University and assist academic and administrative units of The Ohio State University to advance and disseminate knowledge about Korea. The Institute is devoted to the study of all things Korean, including its people, language, art, culture, history, environment, government and politics, economy and business, and other aspects of its society. It is committed to maintaining and enhancing the national and international reputation of Korean Studies at The Ohio State University in all areas of research, education, and professional service including outreach for K-12 education, business, the community, the state, and the nation. At its core, the Institute supports OSU's primary mission of advancing the well-being of the people of Ohio and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge about Korea's past, present, and future.
Mitchell Lerner, an associate professor in the Department of History, currently serves as Director of the Institute for Korean Studies. To read his bio, visit Leadership
IKS is home to more than a dozen Korea specialists
from across campus. Together, they offer a range of courses involving Korean language and disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses on Korea. Moreover, other faculty in the professional schools and the sciences are involved in collaborative research with colleagues at Korean institutions of higher learning. OSU faculty have recently completed, or are currently engaged in, wide-ranging collaborative research with Korean colleagues.
Research and Instruction
IKS supports the university’s academic mission by contributing to Korea-related research and instruction in various ways. As the administrative home of the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Korean eSchool at OSU, IKS facilitates knowledge acquisition on Korea by arranging for Korean studies courses at other Big Ten institutions to be shared via videoconference with OSU students, in addition to sharing our own Korean course offerings with other schools. IKS has also provided scholarships and internships and directed writing competitions.
For information on graduate, undergraduate, and professional degree programs related to Korea, visit Degrees
. For information on Korean language study, visit Korean Language Instruction
. For information on fellowships, scholarships, and grants to support the study of Korea, visit Fellowships
. For information on resources at The Ohio State University Libraries, visit Korean Studies Resources
IKS provides a regular forum for education and discussion through its well-attended lecture series which covers topics from contemporary Korean politics to all aspects of Korean history and culture. The series features speakers from academic institutions across the country and the world, as well as journalists, novelists, and government officials. IKS also regularly convenes and organizes symposia and conferences on key issues, often in collaboration with the Mershon Center for National Security Studies, inviting national and international specialists to share their research. Further, working with numerous departments, other centers and institutes and Korea-related organizations, IKS co-organizes and co-sponsors a myriad of events including lectures, film screenings, performances, exhibits, symposia, and more. For information on upcoming IKS academic events, visit the East Asian Studies Center's Events Calendar
IKS reaches out beyond OSU to disseminate information on Korea to various constituencies. In addition to collaborating with other Ohio-based community colleges, colleges, and universities, IKS conducts teacher training by offering workshops for K-12 teachers and conducts outreach to K-12 schools. Further, IKS co-sponsors community events and makes all of their academic events open to the public. For information on upcoming IKS outreach events, visit the East Asian Studies Center's Events Calendar
IKS maintains lists of various resources and facilitates development of lesson plans for those interested in teaching or learning about Korea. Resources can be found at Resources
Information about IKS events and other Korea-related announcements can be found in the East Asian Studies Center’s weekly e-newsletter, EASC Express
. To subscribe, follow the instructions to join the EASC Mailing List
. Summaries and photos from many of IKS’s past events and programs can be found in the East Asian Studies Center’s newsletter
, EASC expOSUre
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