Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit, at least 15 hours of which must be taken in 600-level courses. Students are required to complete a specialization in French or Spanish. A student’s program of courses should be formally approved by the advisory committee early in the program of study.
Students who wish to complete a program that includes a focus on a second language are required to take 12 additional semester hours in the second language (3-6 hours in translation and 6-9 hours in culture and literature) for a total of 42 semester hours of graduate credit, at least 21 of which must be taken in 600-level courses.
During their last semester of study, candidates are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination demonstrating a satisfactory level of communicative competence and the ability to integrate effectively a knowledge of language, literature, and culture. If a focus is taken in a second language, a second, similar examination must be passed for that language.