Starting this spring semester, three divisions from three different colleges will show changes.
The Division of Computer & Electronics has been replaced by Computer Science & Engineering and Electronics Engineering; the Division of Fiber & Fashion has been newly established; and the Department of Social Welfare has been reestablished as an undergraduate major in the Division of Social Science and as a graduate field in the Ewha Graduate School.
The Division of Computer & Electronics has thus been abolished and replaced by two independent majors, Computer Science & Engineering and Electronics Engineering. Further to the change from the division’s name, a total of 131 majoring students were also divided into 71 and 60 for each new major, respectively.
“The Division of Computer & Electronics joined the Seoul Accord, a joint project conducted by several universities, and the project required us to have an independent major in computer studies,” said Kim Da-eun, a teaching assistant in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering.
In addition, the Division of Fiber & Fashion has been newly established in the College of Art & Design. Fiber Arts from the Division of Fine Arts, Fashion Design from the Division of Design, and Clothing & Textiles, a previously independent major, now all belong to the Division of Fiber & Fashion.
Such alterations were made to nurture excellent human resources in the field of fiber and fashion.
Moreover, the Department of Social Welfare has been reestablished as an undergraduate major and in the Ewha Graduate School after six years of being the Graduate School of Social Welfare. This was decided in November 2011 as the Graduate School of Social Welfare was unable to achieve its aims for Korean society.
“Social welfare in Korea is not developed enough for the graduate school students to fit in,” said Chung Soon-dool, Department Chair of the Department of Social Welfare.
In the process of reestablishment, the professors, alumnae and students of the department submitted 800 pages of requests to the school, held several discussions, and met with the Ewha president and the dean of the College of Social Science. The need for a stronger bonding among alumnae further encouraged such efforts to bring back the major at the undergraduate level.
“We repeatedly emphasized the necessity for the course reestablishment to the school, discussed the process with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and gathered signatures of alumnae,” Chung said. “Given all of these efforts, both the community of the Department of Social Welfare and the Ewha alumnae welcome this reestablishment. In addition, we ourselves are expecting to play a significant role in the study of social welfare.”