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Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Cultivating competence and sensibilities for insights into society, the world, and humankind in the 21st century

The College of Social Science is the center for learning and research about social phenomena. The main aim of the College of Social Sciences is to cultivate people with insight and compatible knowledge in various aspects and issues of human society.

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Sociology, established as an academic discipline early in 19th-century Europe, aims to scientifically explain and understand social structure and change. Sociology, in contrast with other social sciences disciplines, has traditionally been basic and general in orientation. In more recent years, sociologists have developed problem-solving approaches and these have opened new sociological fields. To keep pace with the rapid development toward an information society, the Department of Sociology places a strong emphasis on knowledge and information related courses. Our department provides admission to about forty undergraduate students each year. We offer masters and doctoral degree programs as well. Topics in the undergraduate programs are as follows: sociological perspectives, classical sociology, sociological data analysis, social psychology, sociology of work and occupation, contemporary sociological theories, sociology of the internet, population and society, sociology of development, contemporary capitalism, sociology and computer programming, social stratification, rural sociology, sociology of labor relations, environmental sociology, special topics in sociology, social research apprenticeship I, sociology of organizations, urban sociology, Korean social history, topics on North Korean society, social research apprenticeship II, contemporary social problems, political sociology, sociology of culture, science technology and society, civil society and social movements, topics in area studies, gender and family, sociology of business firms, sociology of knowledge, local metropolitan studies.

Career Opportunities

Most graduates from the department work in the press, central and local governments, public offices, commercial companies, and so on.Others enter graduate school or go abroad to study more. Sociology extends our knowledge of and insight into the various problems in human society and the applications of sociology will become deeper and more diversified as society develops.

Library & Information Science

To prepare for the establishment of the information society, the Department of Library and Information Science offers professional training in the field of information. The purpose of the program is to help students to identify and understand the fundamental problems of access to knowledge that libraries and related organizations are intended to solve. Thus, the department produces competent professional library and information science personnel. Our graduates function as professional practitioners, capable of coping with patterns of change and gaining new competence in their field. They are able to define and articulate user needs and implement procedures designed to meet those needs in various information fields. Courses are arranged under the broad categories of the organization and retrieval of information, information technology, resources and their uses, information services, and management and evaluation. The department encourages the development of professional competence in various languages, as well as in computing, mathematics, and logic.

Career Opportunities

The department provides a basic professional education to prepare students for careers in library, media, and information science. The department offers courses leading to the certificate for professional librarians. Upon completing the required courses, a certificate of librarianship is offered. The department not only provides continuing education courses for graduate students but also prepares librarians for positions as subject and technical specialists and as administrators or supervisors of complex library operation and service programs. Students who complete the required courses for the educational certificate become teachers of librarianship.


Through its study of the philosophical and physiological aspects of human beings, psychology seeks to understand the general principles of human behavior and to utilize those principles for human welfare. The field of psychology consists of basic psychology and applied psychology. The includes the study of the fundamental principles of human beings, such as the study of developmental, cognitive, social, physiological, perceptional, and linguistic psychology. The latter utilizes psychological principles for professional purposes including industrial, clinical, advertising and consumer, and environmental psychology.

Career Opportunities

Through examinations, graduates can acquire certificates enabling them to become developmental psychologists, professional developmental psychologists, clinical psychologists, professional clinical psychologists, and counseling psychologists. Graduates also can work as consultants for corporations, industrial psychologists at marketing institutes, hospital clinicians, and so on.


Our department aims to develop professionals who are able make expert use of rapidly changing information and communication technologies. Students learn a wide range of theories about various communication phenomena, from interpersonal to multimedia communications and cultural studies. Also students are trained through many practicums to obtain the useful techniques of journalism, broadcasting, advertising, information technology, and so on.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are hired by newspapers, broadcasting stations, magazines and IT companies as well as by advertising and public relations agencies and the planning departments of companies. The demand for our graduates gets bigger and bigger, owing to the increase of new media, the growth of the communication industry, and the increasing awareness of the importance of communication and information.

Social Welfare

The Department of Social Welfare aims to produce professionals who understand social welfare (including the social phenomena in relation to social welfare, social welfare systems, and social welfare intervention methods) and who are able to put the knowledge into practice. The present demand for social welfare workers and the national goal of a welfare state are attributable to the upheaval in the socio-economic structure, class inequality, and the economic insecurity that has resulted from our countrys rapid growth. The educational objectives and programs of the department reflect the philosophy of the social welfare profession which emphasizes social responsibility for preventing and solving social problems, and which manifests high respect for individuals and appreciation of the individuals capacity for growth and change. The educational program is based on the premise that through combining classroom learning and field practice internship, each student acquires the knowledge and values basic to the social welfare profession. Contemporary Korean society needs to increase the number of social welfare agencies and professional personnel. Accordingly, social demand for social welfare professionals is growing.

Career Opportunities

In accordance with social welfare work law, students graduate as certified social workers. Graduates from the department are employed in the public welfare sector and in social welfare voluntary agencies.

[Oh, Jeong Soo]
  • Title : Professor
  • Major : Child Welfare, Community Welfare, Introduction to Social Welfare
  • Phone : +82 42-821-6472
  • E-mail :
  • Room : 302 Social Science Building
[Choi, Hae Kyung]
  • Title : Professor
  • Major : Welfare for the elderly, Social Work practice theories, Case management
  • Phone : +82 42-821-6473
  • E-mail :
  • Room : 305 Social Science Building
[Chung, Yun Tag]
  • Title : Professor
  • Major : Social Welfare Policy, Social Security, Social Welfare and Law
  • Phone : +82 42-821-6474
  • E-mail :
  • Room : 301 Social Science Building
[Ryu, Jin Seok]
  • Title : Professor
  • Major : Poverty ans Public Assistance, Research Methods for Social Welfare, Data analysis for social welfare
  • Phone : +82 42-821-6475
  • E-mail :
  • Room : 314 Social Science Building
[Yoo, Chai Young]
  • Title : Professor
  • Major : Skills and techniques for social work practice, Social work practice ethics and philosophy, Mental Health
  • Phone : +82 42-821-6476
  • E-mail :
  • Room : 204 Social Science Building
Public Administration

Recognizing the trends of the modern era towards globalization, informatization, localization, and democratization, Department of Public Administration aims to raise specialists who understand and anticipate complicated administrative phenomena systematically, and to educate sound democratic, community-minded citizens who are equipped with creative and rational abilities in planning, management, problem solving, and coping with social change. Since the program is for individuals who plan to enter public service as administrators, it has been designed to provide students with an understanding of the theories of organization, with particular reference to the following: organizations functioning within a political system; research methodologies for analyzing complex systems and for seeking operational solutions for problems; management technologies, including the use of sophisticated information systems for the maintenance of an ongoing decision-making systems; the acquisition of knowledge in substantive policy areas. The program thus helps students to prepare for positions in government, and its curriculum emphasizes both practical and academic training for public service careers.

Career Opportunities

The program was established in 1971 and had 1,000 graduates who are now working in various private and public sectors.are also 320 undergraduate and graduate students. Students completing the program in the department typically enter public service or academic careers by way of passing the national examination. Depending upon the degree received and the course taken, they take up positions of administrative responsibility in various public and private companies too.

Political Science & Diplomacy

The department aims at training students in promoting political stability and development of Korea. It makes them aware of the reality of the division of the country and stimulates their interest in seeking ways to achieve the unification and revival of the Korean nation. The department also trains students to become leaders in local politics. The main fields are Korean politics, political philosophy, international politics, international organization, foreign policies, international political economy, political and diplomatic history, comparative politics, party politics, political process, and politics of democratic countries.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the department can become government employees by passing civil and foreign service exams and local government exams. They can become local politicians, and reporters for mass communication agencies. They can also continue their studies through the graduate school programs the department offers up to the Ph.D. level.

Local Autonomy Administration

The Department of Autonomous Local Administration is a study center pioneered in Korea and the best organization at which students can enhance and deepen their knowledge of decentralization, local politics, and public administration. The objectives of the department are to rear competent public officers, community leaders, and specialists who can deal with the various demands of citizens and complex and changing local societies, and who can develop theories and scientific methodologies which can be applied in autonomous local administration and in urban administration. The major courses offered by the department are as follows: autonomous local administration, local council, local organization, local finance, regional economics, urban administration,traffic administration, and regional administration.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can not only become high civil servants in central and local governments or several public enterprises after passing the recruitment examination, but also be employed in various organizations such as research institutions, financial agencies, public corporations, and so on.

[Choi, Jin-Hyuk]
  • Title : Professor
  • Major : Local Public Service System, Europe Local Administration, Local Council
  • Phone : +82 42-821-5866
  • E-mail :
  • Room : Building W12-1 # 308
[Kang, Byung-Su]
  • Title : Professor
  • Major : Urban Administration, Urban and rural Planning, Community and Region Development
  • Phone : +82 42-821-5864
  • E-mail :
  • Room : Building W12-1 # 307
[Kim, Jong-Seong]
  • Title : Professor
  • Major : Local Organization, Regional Administration, Inter Governmental Relation
  • Phone : +82 42-821-5862
  • E-mail :
  • Room : Building W12-1 #330
[Shin, Hee-Guon]
  • Title : Professor
  • Major : Local Public Finance, Local Policy, Research Design
  • Phone : +82 42-821-5865
  • E-mail :
  • Room : Building W12-1 #309
[Yook, Dong Il]
  • Title : Professor
  • Major : Local Autonomy Administration, Local Autonomy Theory, Comparative Local Administration
  • Phone : +82 42-821-5863
  • E-mail :
  • Room : Building W12-1 #306
[Kim, Chan-Dong]
  • Title : Associate Professor
  • Major : Autonomy administration, policy sciences
  • Phone : +82 42-821-5868
  • E-mail :
  • Room : Building W12-1 #315-2