Language Proficiency

Students are expected to enter the program with advanced proficiency in English and at least one other language. Advanced language proficiency is defined as the ability to do graduate level work in the chosen language. Applicants demonstrate their proficiency by holding an M.A. in the language or by other documented experience of the use of the language on an graduate academic level.

Two graduate level courses must be completed during the course of the program in the same non-English language, one on early modern literature and the other on modern literature. Frequently, these courses can be found in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SLLC) or in its associated linguistic departments (French, German, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, etc.) The Jewish Studies department and the Classics department are two other departments that may offer relevant courses.

If appropriate graduate classes are not offered in your non-English language of choice, you may substitute independent studies or 400 level courses, with the Comparative Literature Director’s permission.