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Project Introduction

CORE (initiative for COllege of humanities' Research and Education)

The College of Humanities is pursing the long-term goal of "fostering future social leaders." Therefore, the purpose of this long-term project is the cultivation and nurturing of future leaders within the world humanities, of outstanding scholars who meet social demand, and the creation of an independent research environment.


1. College of Humanities Education

1) What the College of Humanities is striving to achieve: "the fostering of future social leaders."

  • It is our goal to educate outstanding scholars within the field of humanities who will continue to maintain achievement standards at a global level.
  • We will educate scholars with outstanding capabilities in foreign language, literary comprehension, communication, critical thinking and analysis, comprehensive judgment, and most importantly, scholars who want to serve society.


2) Humanities Development Plan

① The education of selfless scholars with boundless knowledge

  • The development and practice of subject oriented liberal-arts curriculum which integrates both academic and practical problems
  • The provision of customized educational and counseling programs to help college and graduate- level students improve their academic writing ability.

② The fostering of outstanding, international-level scholars

  • Our students, both college and graduate-level, will be given the opportunity grow into global leaders by learning about and experiencing an international-level liberal arts education.
  • Doctoral students and researchers will lead fundamental liberal arts classes and be provided with funding for one to three years.

③ The support of promising lead researchers

  • Assistant and Associate Professors with the potential to develop into great researchers will be recognized and supported

④ Establishment of a unified research base

  • We will establish a systematic network and infrastructure both domestically and abroad

⑤ The Promotion of Korean Studies

⑥ Innovative research support based on academic information

  • We will establish an academic information infrastructure and provide our researchers with customized services



2. Project Objectives and Plans

1) Objectives

In terms of our long-term education plan for the College of Humanities, we aim to secure academic independence and leadership, while expanding upon the influence of the liberal arts.

2) Plan


The Allocation of Project Funds

Roughly 70% of project funds will be assigned to the strengthening of foundational programs for future generations of humanities scholars 

Roughly 30% of project funds will be allocated to the university's internal model to expand and strengthen liberal arts' social influence


Year-by-year Plan

The first year of the project will be devoted to implementing the necessary infrastructure, such as curriculum development and institutional design. 

The second and third year will be devoted to strengthening activities such as international exchange, signing the MOU with institutions both domestic and abroad, strengthening internships, and the support of practical field experience abroad.


① Strengthening of both graduate and undergraduate research

  • Financial support for participation in academic conferences both domestic and abroad

: In order to increase the quality of independent research conducted by students studying at the College of Humanities, we offer financial support for students participating in domestic and international academic conferences.

Those to receive academic support: CORE Bachelor's and Master's students

Support Plan: Students participating in domestic conferences will receive support of up to 50,000 won.
              Students participating at international conferences will receive support of up to 2,000,000 won to cover expenses such as airfare, accommodations, and registration fees.

Support Period: Ongoing, regular recruitment.

  • Paper Publication support

: We provide financial support for paper publication for the betterment of research conducted by liberal arts' students.

Those to receive publication support: CORE Bachelor's and Master's students

Support Plan: Within 300,000 won for up to 10 people. (actual publications charges will be supported)

Support Period: Ongoing, regular recruitment


② Revitalization of international exchange for undergraduate and graduate students


③ Development of a joint research and education program

- With a focus on the CORE project's four majors (Comparative East Asian Studies, Study of the Classics, Data Science in the Humanities, Political and Economic Philosophy) we are searching for a new model and program to best fit the departments and the majors participating in the CORE project.

- We provide support for joint/integrated majors and the operation of related laboratories. (ex. Foreigner guest lecturers, academic conferences)

- Those laboratories or majors participating in this project each held two or more academic workshops through December 31st, 2016.


Support Plan:

    - Support for Curriculum Improvement: We provide support for the expenses needed to improve the existing curriculum in a way that appropriately integrates the joint majors

    - We provide support for the expenses needed to develop new curriculum that aims appropriately integrate the major programs.

Those who are supported: Professors of the joint/integrated majors who are affiliated with participating universities



④ Qualitative Improvement of Students' Academic Career



3. CORE Model

1) Fundamental Academic Enrichment Model

  • Overcoming the fact that academia is fundamentally weakened when outstanding students are lost to non-academic fields or foreign universities.
  • We will support the development of excellent liberal arts scholars but acknowledging and nurturing their abilities
  • It is ultimately our goal "to create a self-sustaining cycle" of education and research in fundamental academic fields.
  • For future generations, we strive to create programs that will develop economically stable academic support and strengthen our abilities at an international level.



  • CORE Master's Program: Scholars to be chosen by each department from students currently enrolled in a Master's program.
  • CORE Bachelor's Program: Scholars to be chosen by each department from students currently enrolled in their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies.
  • CORE Preliminary Program: Scholars to be chosen by each department from students currently enrolled in their sophomore year of undergraduate studies.
    (For more detailed information, please see the CORE Project plan details.)


2) Campus-wide Model (SNU Model)

  • Establish a methodological foundation for academic inquiry and satisfy modern intellectual demands
  • While carefully merging disciplines together and understanding the nature of global regional studies, it is our goal "to create new fields of study" rather than simply integrating the existing disciplines
  • We have prepared one unified major program (East Asian Comparative Studies) and integrated three major programs (Study of the Classics, Data Science in the Liberal Arts, Political and Economic Philosophy).

"Connecting the two models organically"

- The campus-wise SNU model, in combination with the fundamental academic enrichment model, contributes to the fostering of a "future generation of liberal arts scholars" through a fusion of academic and natural sciences.

- Those participating in the integrated Study of Classics major will be trained in Latin, Greece, and Chinese at a graduate level.
(For more detailed information, please see the CORE Project plan details.)




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