Before taking the doctoral qualifying exam, Ph.D. students must demonstrate competence in reading literary scholarship and criticism in a language other than English. The language is chosen for the relevance of scholarship published in that language to the student's primary field.
Students may satisfy the requirement by one of the following means:
- Exam: passing a foreign language proficiency examination offered twice every semester and administered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Coursework: satisfactorily completing FOLL 6204, a three-credit foreign language course, providing reading knowledge in German, French, or Latin, offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures as a summer course.