Students may be required to demonstrate linguistic competence in their chosen area of research in consultation with their Primary Advisor and contingent on Division approval. These are to be one or two languages in addition to English. The choice of language(s) and format of the exams must be appropriate for the student’s planned research project. A student may submit a petition to the Division to have their proficiency in the language of research accepted in lieu of a second language in addition to English.
Such demonstrations will most commonly consist of one of the following:
- 2 hour open-book translation of materials selected by Division in consultation with Division-selected language exam expert by recommendation of Primary Advisor; OR
- 2 hour length conversation and/or oral comprehension exam in the research language with native speakers, witnessed and evaluated by Division-selected language exam expert by recommendation of Primary Advisor; OR
- Written translation of a work or set of works over a set period of time (1 week) selected by Division upon recommendation of Primary Advisor and evaluated by Division-selected language exam expert; OR
- Any combination or variation of the above which is deemed as appropriate for the student’s research skills in consultation with the student’s advisor and as approved by the Division.
Language proficiency must be demonstrated through one of the options listed above before the student undertakes the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination. Plans that diverge from those specified above must be submitted for approval by the Division.