3.5 Language Requirements

A. Master's Degree Programs with Language Requirements
B. Definition of Reading Proficiency

A. Master's Degree Programs with Language Requirements

  1. Master's degrees in designated fields

    There is no language requirement in the professional master's degree programs (master's degrees in designated fields) with the exception of the Master's of International Studies, which requires knowledge of one foreign language at a level of conversational proficiency.
  2. Requirements for Master of Arts and Master of Science students

    A reading knowledge of one modern foreign language (Germanic, Romance or Slavic) is required by some programs for the Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees. Other programs may designate that the language requirement be filled from among those languages in which the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures conducts testing. Students should contact the major program for specific language requirements.

B. Definition of Reading Proficiency

In those degree programs requiring a reading knowledge of a foreign language, the student may demonstrate proficiency in one of two ways:

  1. By passing a traditional reading knowledge examination, which can be requested by the student at any time;
  2. By passing the final examination in a course especially designed for graduate students who have no knowledge of a foreign language or who wish to refresh their knowledge of a language. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers courses in French (FLF 401), German (FLG 401) and Spanish (FLS 401) especially designed for graduate students. These courses are designed to be audited and credits do not apply toward advanced degrees. These courses concentrate exclusively on teaching students to understand the written word and do not provide instruction or testing in speaking and original composition. A passing grade on the final examination in one of these courses is sufficient evidence of a reading knowledge of the language. Failure to pass the course carries with it no penalty other than the fact that the student's language requirement will remain unfulfilled.