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Foreign Language Requirement

A reading knowledge of one foreign language is required for the M.A. in history. The required reading knowledge is equivalent to that provided by two years of study of the language at the college level. The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by passing a translation test administered by the Department of Languages, or by passing a test similar to that given as the final examination of a language course designed for graduate students (currently numbered 1510).

A student may also satisfy the requirement by having completed at least four semesters (or the equivalent level of coursework) in an approved foreign language with an average grade of “B” or better. These credit hours must be earned from an accredited undergraduate institution and must have been completed in total within six years prior to the student’s finishing the graduate degree. The chair of the Department of Languages may recommend a waiver of the minimum grade and six-year limitation for any student who can substantiate extensive additional training in a foreign language.