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Language Competency Examination

Students in M.A. and Ph.D. programs in history must prove competency in one or more languages other than English or the student's native language.

Students entering the program beginning in the summer 2006 term must pass an examination administered by members of the Department of History. Students who wish to take an exam should contact Dr. Nancy Curtin, Director of Graduate Studies.

Bengali: Asif Siddiqi

Chinese (Classical and Mandarin): Grace Shen

Rosemary Wakeman, Silvana Patriarca, Wolfgang Mueller, Thierry Rigogne, Richard Gyug, Susan Wabuda, Maryanne Kowaleski, Alex Novikoff, Nicholas Paul

German: Wolfgang Mueller, David Hamlin, David Myers

Hebrew: Doron Ben-Atar

Irish (Gaelic):  Christopher Maginn

Italian: Silvana Patriarca, Wolfgang Mueller, Richard Gyug , Alex Novikoff

Japanese: Yuko Miki

Kiswahili: Durba Mitra

Latin: Richard Gyug, Wolfgang Mueller, Alex Novikoff, Nicholas Paul

Russian: Bernice Rosenthal, Asif Siddiqi

Portuguese: Yuko Miki

Spanish: Sal Acosta, Hector Lindo-Fuentes, Richard Gyug, Beth Penry, Yuko Miki

Turkish and Ottoman Turkish: Ebru Turan

Yiddish: Daniel Soyer

For other modern languages, contact the Director for Graduate Studies.

Students in the medieval European Ph.D. program must also show proficiency in Latin or Greek. For Latin, this requirement may be met by passing a language examination supervised by one of the faculty members listed above. Otherwise, students may complete coursework in the language. For details, contact the Director for Graduate Studies.

For students who entered their programs before summer 2006, there are three ways to do this:
1. Receive a B+ or better in a language-for-reading course numbered 5090 offered by the Departments of Modern Languages and Classical Languages. With the approval of the History Department and the Dean of the Graduate School, students may meet the language requirement by passing, with a grade of B+ or better, an equivalent language course at another University.

2. Pass a Foreign Language Proficiency Examination prepared by the Department of Modern Languages. Contact the Department of Modern Languages for details.

3. Pass a language examination administered by members of the Department of History. To schedule an examination, contact one of the professors associated with the language you wish to be examined in. Though the format of the exam is subject to the discretion of the faculty examiner, normally the exam consists of translations of select foreign language texts. Students are normally allowed two hours to complete the examination and may work with a dictionary. Upon successful completion of the examination, the examining professor must certify the results by means of a memo submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies. A copy should also be sent to the departmental secretary to be entered into the student's file. Students are advised to remind the examiner of this requirement.

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