In the 1990’s, a great transition occurred in the realm of Political Science. With new technology and advanced communication, the world became more accessible. Universities that did not have a specific Political Science Department, began to create Dept. of International Relations instead. The Dept. of International Relations (DOIR) was firstly emerged in 1995 at the University of Seoul.
Primarily, the focus of this newly built department is part of political science, but this study does not limited to political relations. Rather, it deals with international issues that occur in every field such as economy, society, and culture. Therefore, the curriculum includes International Politics, International economies, and Area Study.
Students of Dept. of International Relations are proud of our experiences abroad and ability in foreign languages. Every summer they travel to countries like China, Mongolia, and Japan through the system of interchange between universities.
This interchange provides students with valuable experience, and on-the-spot training. Through the exchange student system, students of this department go abroad, while foreign students come and learn from our university.
The great part of this international program is that it allows participants to come into contact with many different foreign languages. For that reason, students are quite proficient in not only English but also a second language. Because this branch is not common in our country yet, all students in Dept. of International Relations in Korea have been holding athletic meetings and academic conventions for two years.