All PhD students are required to demonstrate competency in three languages before advancement to the prospectus exam in the third year of study; one language must be ancient and one modern. The language choices are determined by the student's research specialty as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the chair of the student's comprehensive examination board. The language possibilities include, but are not limited to: Greek, Latin, Syriac, German, French, Spanish or Italian.
Competency is measured by the student translating into good, clear English a text using a dictionary during a two-hour examination. The text will be selected by the Director of Graduate Studies and graded by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
Prior to acceptance into the program, students must assure competency in at least one of the above languages. The student must demonstrate this competency during the first year of study. If competency is not demonstrated during the first year, the student will be removed from the program.
In addition to the three language requirements for advancement to PhD candidacy, other languages to conduct research for the dissertation may be required by the director of the candidate's dissertation. For example, a student who fulfills the three language requirements with Latin, German, and French and plans a dissertation topic on Bonaventure would also have to develop proficiency in Italian. Hence, the dissertation is the final arbitrator of the languages required.
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