Language Requirements

Candidates for the M.A. must give evidence of ability to read Latin, German, or a Romance Language other than their major language (French or Italian).  Students may petition to the DGS to have another language appropriate to the course of study count (e.g., Creole, Wolof, Arabic, Ancient Greek). Candidates can fulfill the language requirement by satisfactorily passing a translation exam, a two-term graduate reading course, or the equivalent of a fourth-semester language course (with a grade of “B” or better). Other types of documentation may be accepted by the DGS.

Candidates for the Ph.D. in French Languages and Literature must give evidence of ability to read German, Latin, or a Romance language other than their major language (French or Italian). Students may petition to the DGS to have another language appropriate to the course of study count (e.g., Creole, Wolof, Arabic, Ancient Greek).  Students who have satisfied the language requirement during the M.A. will be considered to have fulfilled this requirement for the Ph.D. Students may be required by their dissertation advisor to have a reading knowledge of Latin.

M.A. and Ph.D. students may not use undergraduate, elementary language credits as part of the nine credit hours funded students are required to take each semester, and these credits will not count towards the 72 credit hours need in order to enroll in FTDA (full time dissertation study).