A Qualitative Research on University Students who Experienced Closing Department in the Restructuring Process of University

대학의 구조조정 과정에서 폐과를 경험한 대학생에 관한 질적 연구

Kim, Tack-ho;Choi, Min-hee

  • Received : 2018.12.21
  • Accepted : 2019.02.22
  • Published : 2019.02.28


This study deals with the university students who experienced closing department in the restructuring process of university. The purpose of this study is to examine what kind of experience university students have experienced and to understand the essence of the experience in depth. For this purpose, the subjects of the study conducted in - depth interviews with 6 students who expressed their intention to participate in the study. Results of the study were analyzed through the phenomenological study procedure of Giorgi, a qualitative research method. As a result, eight essential themes and sixteen sub themes were derived. The eight essential themes are 'an event of a psychological difficulty', 'deepening a negative emotions', 'anxiety about the future', 'desperation', 'discrimination', 'efforts to overcome difficulties', 'regret and sorriness' and 'acceptance'. Participants in this study suggested ways to reduce psychological difficulties for students who were in closing department condition. Participants said that they needed to provide accurate information about closing department, provide students with the right to know, prepare alternative plans, and emotional cares. The implications of these results are discussed.


University Restructuring;Closing Department;Phenomenology;Qualitative Research