Graduate Student Handbook

Foreign Language Requirements

For the MA Degree

A translating competency in one foreign language – French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, or any other approved by the Graduate Coordinator. Translating competency signifies an ability to make a correct translation of a piece of critical prose or a passage of literature, within a reasonable length of time and without undue reliance on a dictionary. Students may also take Old English at the graduate level to fulfill the language requirement. The methods for evaluating such competency follow:

For the PhD Degree

The Department, presuming and requiring that all students holding the MA degree have had academic study in at least one language other than English, remands all requirements for any further study in a language or languages other than English to the authority of the supervisory committee of every PhD student in good standing in the Program. The track form has a line for the dissertation supervisor to indicate the language and to sign certifying competence in that language. This form becomes part of the student’s permanent file with the Department and serves as sufficient evidence of satisfaction of the requirement.

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