The comprehensive examinations in the student's major area or areas (i.e., French and/or Spanish) and in Foreign Language Pedagogy have a written as well as an oral portion. The examinations are based on coursework and on reading lists available online.
Admission to the oral examination will be granted only to those students who have passed the written examination.
Students who fail the exam may retake it only once. In some cases, where the student fails a portion of the exam that represents less than 50% of the whole, the faculty may require the student to retake only the section(s) failed. Students have the opportunity to do so only once.
For borderline cases, a written assignment may be required by the faculty.
For the minor field, there is no examination, but prior advisement to assure a coherent program is necessary. Students should consult their advisor.
Results of the comprehensive examination will be communicated to the student by the relevant language faculty's member on the Graduate Studies Committee and forwarded to the Director of Graduate Studies.