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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

No major applications for anthro dept at SNU

The anthropology department at SNU didn't receive a single first choice application for major subject (hakkwa paejông sinch'ông); applications with anthro as the second choice were two (article in Hankyoreh). The other social science department with no first-choice applicants was geography. This shows rather well what the general sense of the usability of the subject is, and what is the perception of the use of the subject in making ends meet in Korea. Cannot blame those who do not choose anthro, even though I know that professors at the department are sincere people who have made good research, and have always been helpful to me. (SNU anthro dept is what I've been affiliated with in Korea.) The SNU anthro dept still doesn't seem to be lacking in funding, as the faculty has been continuously growing.

On the other hand, the most popular departments were Economics (233 applications for 193 admitted), International relations (외교학과) and Politics. (There is also a certain number of those who have decided their major already at the time of university admission.)

It should be noted that these applicants are students who have been admitted to the university (faculty of social sciences), and are now deciding their major.

At the U. of Helsinki, anthropology is one of the most difficult departments to get into. Doesn't that tell something about the perception of "anthropology" in the respective countries, as well as about countries themselves?

The SNU Anthropology department grad student room
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