Third Language

Hispanic Studies PhD Requirements

4. Third Language Proficiency

The objective of the third language requirement is to obtain a reading knowledge of another language. This third language may prove useful for consulting texts for research and teaching purposes. Here are three options to complete this requirement:

 

Option 1. Language Classes at Western: Students who are interested in learning in a structured class setting are directed to take the intensive language courses specifically geared towards graduate students (such as French 9005: Intensive French Reading). Students must consult with the Graduate Chair and/or the Graduate Committee prior to enrolling in any course.

 

Option 2. Proven Background in or Experience with Another Language: Students must provide the department with documentation that certifies that s/he has extensive background or experience with an additional language and has achieved and maintained a reading knowledge of the language, for example a degree or program of studies in the language. Acceptance of this option is at the discretion of the Graduate Chair and/or the Graduate Committee.

 

Option 3. Translation Exam: Students who have undocumented background or experience in another language may opt to take a translation exam given by the department. The department will select a text and the student will translate it into English or Spanish. Dictionaries may be used for the translation exam. The Graduate Chair, Graduate Committee, and/or an outside expert in the language will evaluate the results of the exam.

 

Year in Program:

Ph.D. 1

Term 1 (Fall)

Term 2 (Winter)

Term 3 (Summer)

Language Requirement(s)

Plan how to meet English language and/or third language requirement(s).

Work towards meeting English language and/or third language requirement(s).

Work towards meeting English language and/or third language requirement(s).

 

Year in Program:

Ph.D. 2

Term 4 (Fall)

Term 5 (Winter)

Term 6 (Summer)

Language Requirement(s)

Meet English language and/or third language requirement(s).

Meet English language and/or third language requirement(s).

Meet English language and/or third language requirement(s).***

 

Year in Program:

Ph.D. 3

Term 7 (Fall)

Term 8 (Winter)

Term 9 (Summer)

Language Requirement(s)

Complete English language and/or third language requirement(s).

Complete English language and/or third language requirement(s).

Complete English language and/or third language requirement(s).