Language Requirement

All candidates for the M.A. degree in history must demonstrate competency in one foreign language. Exceptions are granted for students enrolled in the Concentration in History Education program, for whom no foreign language is required. Students whose primary field is U.S. history must take an additional two graduate classes in lieu of the language requirement, if they cannot, or do not wish to, meet the language requirement.

The language competency requirement may be met in four ways:

  • Through an examination by a history faculty member with expertise in your language. The exam will be a translation of about 500 words to be completed in two hours with a dictionary allowed.
  • By taking two full years of a foreign language at a university or junior college. An average grade of "C" must have been attained, and the course work completed within five years of admission to the university.
  • If your primary concentration is Ancient and Medieval, you may also fulfill this requirement by taking one year of Greek and one year of Latin.  This program is no longer accepting new students as of Fall 2013.
  • By taking and passing the Educational Testing Service Graduate Foreign Language Exam.

For further details please obtain the handout "Regulations Governing the Fulfilling of the Language (or Research) Requirement in the History M.A. Program" from the History Department office.