Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607
Language Proficiency for PhD Students
Primary Slavic languageThe student must pass advanced language examinations testing written composition (WSE) and oral communication skills (OCSE) in the primary Slavic language. A doctoral student must pass both of the following examinations after being admitted to the doctoral program (with an M.A.) and before the semester in which the doctoral comprehensive examinations are to be taken. The student may request at any time during this period that the exam be administered. The two examinations are taken in sequence: only on passing the WSE does the student take the OCSE. A maximum of three attempts at each exam will be permitted; neither exam may be taken more than once in a single semester (although taking both exams in a single semester is perfectly acceptable). A student who fails to pass both exams within three tries each will not be permitted to continue in the program.
Research languageA reading knowledge of a non-Slavic research language must be demonstrated. The traditional choices are French or German, but any language other than English may be substituted if the student can justify the value of this language for his or her program of study. This requirement may be met by course work or examination. In the latter case, it is the student's responsibility after the exam to submit to the Graduate Adviser a brief note signed by the supervising faculty member that the exam has been passed.
Additional Slavic language (Slavic linguistics majors only)The student must demonstrate a working knowledge of a contemporary Slavic language beyond the primary one and any used to satisfy the M.A. requirement for a second Slavic language. This requirement may be satisfied by course work or examination. In the latter case, it is the student's responsibility after the exam to submit to the Graduate Adviser a brief note signed by the supervising faculty member that the exam has been passed.