Foreign Language Requirements

MA candidates must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language. PhD candidates must demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages or proficiency in one foreign language plus 12 hours of graduate coursework in an allied area of study approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

  Proficiency may be demonstrated in the following ways:

  • By having completed twelve undergraduate hours in a foreign language, culminating in 202 or its equivalent, with a B average or higher, within six years of beginning the program.  
  • By retaking 202 and earning a B or highter if you have completed twelve undergraduate hours in a foreign language, culminating in 202 or its equivalent, with a B average or higher, and this coursework was completed outside of the six year window stated above.
  • By completing a six-hour graduate sequence in reading knowledge of a foreign language (501-502) with a B average or higher.
  • By passing the CLEP test. (See your Graduate Bulletin for details.)