I am applying for the GKS for graduate school. This is my statement of purpose.
Goal of study, title or subject of research, and detailed study plan
The goal for my academic pathway is to gain a master's degree in Archaeology and Art History. I have selected the Art History programs at Myongji University and Ewha Womans University, and the history with focus on archaeology program at Sungkyunkwan University. I chose these subjects despite my bachelor's degree in history because of my interest and desire to conduct research on the art history and archaeology of Korea. I am fascinated by artifacts and their historical significance, which is why I have chosen this path for graduate school. My interest subject of research lies specifically in the Three Kingdoms Period and China`s influence on Korea, such as with calligraphy and Buddhist art, as well the motifs in artifacts and their relation to motifs in Chinese and Japanese art. I am confident that my previous knowledge gained through my undergraduate degree in History and minor in Asian Studies will serve as a foundation in conducting my graduate research. I have beginning to intermediate level of proficiency of the Korean language that will help me with the first year of Korean language courses. The study plan for my research will begin with subjects on ancient Korean history and introduction to archaeology and art history. I will continue my research with topics on Korean ceramics, painting, architecture, calligraphy and Buddhist art, as well as ancient Korean history through artifacts. I will also take courses on Chinese and Japanese art and history in order to strengthen my subject of research. Lastly, I will conduct research on museology and archaeological methods. After the completion of the core courses of my program, I will prepare for the completion of my thesis.
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