Language Exams

Graduate students must pass a departmental examination to demonstrate their reading knowledge of a language other than English in which there is significant historical literature (for instance, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish). 

The examination consists of translating a passage into English with the use of a dictionary in two hours. Exams will be administered at the beginning of the fall semester.  Opportunities will be offered to retake the exam for those who do not pass the first time.

Samples of past language exams: