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Graduate Language Exam

The Foreign Language Exam

Reading knowledge of a foreign language has long been the hallmark of graduate programs throughout the world and with this in mind, the History Graduate Program requires reading competence in at least one foreign language for all graduate students. This requirement can be met in one of two ways: 1) passage with a grade of C or above in four consecutive semesters of the same foreign language (first-year, first semester through second-year, second-semester); or 2) passage of the department-administered language examination. The language requirement must be met before the end of the spring semester of the first year. The Department does not accept sign language as a foreign language.

Option1: If you are using previous coursework to meet the language requirement, notify the Graduate Director via email of this and provide an electronic copy of your transcript showing the completed work.

Option 2: If you wish to stand for the department language examination, begin by making arrangements with one of the faculty members grading exams in your language. You’ll find a list of examiners below. The examiner will work with your committee chairperson to determine the text to be graded. There is no charge for the exam.

On the day of the exam:

1) all electronic devices (phones, tablets, computers) must be left in the department office during the exam. If you must be available for emergency calls (sick children, etc.) leave the office as a phone contact number (307-766-5101/5102).

2) you will be allowed three hours to complete the exam. You may use a dictionary and a grammar guide during the exam. No other aids are allowed.

3) return completed exams to the department office and retrieve your electronic devices.

4) results will be available to your committee chair within 10 days.

Department Foreign Language Examiners:

Spanish and Portuguese: Drs. Messenger and Larson

French: Dr. Poblete

Latin, Greek, Middle English: Dr. Logan

German: Dr. Brose

Russian: Dr. Kamp

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