Founded in 2005, Underwood Division (UD) is the oldest division at UIC with five specialized majors combined by a rigorous common curriculum program, emphasizing core reasoning and communication skills. UD students may choose from five majors covering humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
During their first-year of study, all Underwood Division students will be involved in a residential college life at the Yonsei International Campus, where they will take common curriculum courses with students from other UIC divisions, introductory courses to majors and various electives. Starting from their second year, students will move to the Sinchon Campus, where they will take the courses of their respective majors, electives, UIC seminars and other common curriculum courses.
The International Studies (IS) major equips students with multidisciplinary training in analyzing the underlying dynamics of global affairs. Combining traditional fields of study like international relations, international economics and international law with innovative approaches to globalization studies, the IS major gives students the intellectual skills with which to pursue leadership positions in government and foreign services, international organizations and development NGOs, and multinational corporations alike. Emphasizing the importance of developing a strong regional expertise, the IS major capitalizes on UIC’s location in Seoul as an academic, commercial, and technological hub to offer an especially rich array of courses dealing with East Asia. But true to its name, the ultimate goal of the IS major is to help students develop the thinking skills they would need to be effective in careers anywhere in the world.