Additional Requirements

Language Requirements

All degree candidates are expected to have a reading knowledge of the two modern foreign languages most appropriate to their fields of concentration. For most students, this means French and German, occasionally substituting Spanish. For students in Asian Religions, Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit or Tibetan normally takes the place of either French or German. For students in Religion in America, the choice of languages should be made in consultation with advisers and the rest of the subfield faculty. This requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing summer language courses offered by the University, or by passing tests given by the language departments, or by some other means approved by the Department. All entering students are strongly urged to achieve competence in at least one of the required languages before matriculation.

Beyond the basic requirements, students are expected to demonstrate competence in whatever additional languages they need to pursue advanced work in their own areas of specialization. For example, students who concentrate on Islam must have a reading knowledge of Arabic along with one modern European language, while students in Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity must demonstrate knowledge of two ancient languages in addition to the two modern languages.

Students must show evidence of competence in the two required modern languages before being admitted to a fifth term. In addition, students need to demonstrate knowledge of other languages that are necessary for advanced work in their area of specialization.


Teaching Requirements

Normally, all graduate students serve at some point in their careers as Assistants in Instruction. An Assistant leads preceptorials in undergraduate courses and is responsible for grading students as well. This opportunity depends, at any given time, upon undergraduate instructional needs, but the Department views such experience as integral to the professional education it offers. It also encourages graduate students to give lectures in appropriate undergraduate courses taught by members of the faculty.