Language/Research Skills Development

In addition to the required methods sequence, students must demonstrate further research competency by either taking one additional methodology course (to be approved by the Graduate Director) or passing a foreign language proficiency exam administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Ph.D. students with a major in Comparative Politics must present a foreign language. The Department strongly urges students to complete this requirement before taking the comprehensive examinations.

An international student whose native language is not English and who demonstrates proficiency in English to the Department of English may be exempted from the foreign language requirement.

The language examinations are administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and emphasize translation ability. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages administers examinations in French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, and ancient (but not Koine) Greek. Other languages must be approved by the College.