M.A. students, especially those specializing in non-U.S. history and those specializing in U.S. history who have a desire to pursue further graduate study at the doctoral level, are encouraged to attain proficiency in a foreign language. Although there is no formal program requirement for students to demonstrate foreign language proficiency, a student may be required by the advisor to demonstrate mastery of a foreign language when that language is necessary to pursue the chosen course of study. Foreign language proficiency will enable satisfactory use of source material or literature in the language in seminar or research work.
A student should demonstrate this mastery of a foreign language through an examination process to be administered by the history department in partnership with the department of Modern and Classical languages.