To explain Korea to the world through research and teaching.

    VISION :

    The Korean Studies Institute (KSI) at USC encourages understanding of Korea in the USC community and beyond. Focusing on both historical and contemporary issues, the KSI seeks to increase the visibility of Korean studies through its student and faculty support and ambitious public programming.

  • Located next to Los Angeles' Koreatown - one of the largest groupings of ethnic Koreans outside of Korea itself - USC has long had a natural interest in Korean studies. USC first taught Korean language in 1942, and since then a number of notable Korean studies scholars have taught at USC. The Korean Studies Institute was established in 1995 to further spur the development of education and research about Korea at USC.


    Today the KSI houses ten affiliated faculty members, along with numerous visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows. Along with a Minor Degree in Korean Studies, we teach and support undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in a variety of disciplines dealing with Korea.

    We hope that you will visit us soon for one of our many events, projects, and classes.


Past Events
Invoking Divine Protection for the State: Buddhist Pagodas of Silla, A Lecture by Youn-mi Kim, Yale University
November 14, 2014
From the Miracle of the Han to K-pop Mania: South Korea's Place in the Sun
November 12, 2014
West Coast International Relations in Asia Workshop
November 3, 2014
"South Korean 'Minjung' Documentary Films: Past and Present" with Dr. Inyoung Nam
October 23, 2014
Rising Stars VI: Korean Studies Faculty Mentoring Conference
October 10-11, 2014
The US Alliance System in Asia with a focus on Korea with Victor Cha
October 9, 2014
Transnational Domesticity in Colonial Korea with Hyaeweol Choi
September 29, 2014
Keeping Track of Family: Korean Lineage Records Then And Now
September 25, 2014
USC History Professor Kyung Moon Hwang to speak at symposium on Korean art at LACMA
September 17, 2014
KSI/SCA 2014 Korean Film Festival presents "Crossing, Jumping, Flying: North Korean Mobility in Films"
September 6-7, 2014
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