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Welcome to Sungkyunkwan University's (SKKU)

College of Confucian Studies
& Eastern Philosophy


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The College of Confucian Studies and Eastern Philosophy is considered to be one of the top colleges at Sungkyunkwan University. It is the home of education subjects based on Confucianism, that includes Korean Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, and Eastern Aesthetics. Also, as the world's oldest college, it has inherited the tradition of Sungkyunkwan since Taehak was established in Goguryeo.


Confucianism is the system of philosophy that defines political ideology, social ethics, and family values in East Asia, and it has been one of the most influential human moral civilizations since the Axial Age. However, at the same time, it has been criticized under the influence of the western philosophy of enlightenment, because it was considered as the truth until 20th century that modernization is the process of instrumental rationality, due to the fact that modern civilization belongs to materialism, instrumental rationality, positivism, and scientism.


A new interest in Confucian civilization derived from economic revival in East Asia, but it fundamentally initiated from the limits of modern western civilization’s anthropocentric, instrumental rationality. From an ecological point of view, that stands for a peaceful coexistence in human society and a harmony between humanity and nature. The moral civilization in the Axial Age has been awakening citizens, who believe that a revival of Confucian civilization gives an impetus to an ecological civilization based on the value of humanity and family community. We are assured that the thought of grand unity (大同) and moralism of Confucianism play important roles in a human’s peaceful coexistence and an ecological recovery.


In regards to modern-day study, the college has an Undergraduate School, a General Graduate School, and a Special Graduate School. The undergraduate school consists of the Department of Confucian and Oriental Studies, the General Graduate School offers master’s and doctoral courses in three majors - Confucian Studies, Korean Philosophy, and Eastern Philosophy. Undergraduate students can discover the contemporary meanings of Confucianism by learning Confucian classics and ruminating the meanings of Korean philosophy and Chinese philosophy.


While the special graduate school provides a master’s course in two majors - Confucian Classics and Korean Thought and Calligraphic Art and Oriental Aesthetics. Graduate students can become experts in Confucianism, Korean Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, and Aesthetics through the graduate programs.


In addition, we provide adult educational programs, such as Confucian Leadership and Eastern Cultural Studies, and we have striven to popularize confucianism and eastern culture.


Furthermore, a special organization, called ‘Yanghyeonjae' (養賢齋), offers outstanding students considerable financial aid and provides programs where students can learn Confucian classics. It has succeeded the tradition of ‘Yanghyeongo' (養賢庫), which was the scholarship organization of Sungkyunkwan in Gorye dynasty, through to the Joseon dynasty and into present day.


Finally, we always need your support and encouragement to become the a world educational leader.


We appreciate your interest.


Jeong Geun SHIN
Dean, College of Confucian Studies and Eastern Philosophy