Language and Research Tool Requirements

Language and Research Tool Requirements

Students are expected to have a background in a foreign language and to develop a research tool. The language requirement may be met by three semesters of college-level foreign language courses or an equivalency acceptable to the doctoral faculty.

Students who have not had the three semesters in college or an equivalent may satisfy the requirement in one of three ways:

  • Take the three-credit intensive beginning French or Spanish course.
  • Take three semesters within a language sequence.
  • Identify another equivalency acceptable to the doctoral faculty.

At the discretion of the student’s doctoral committee and the associate dean for Graduate Studies, a second tool may be used to substitute for the language requirement.

There are four research tool options. A grade of A or B must be made in any course used for options 2, 3 or 4.

  1. Competency in a second foreign language. This may be satisfied by two years of college-level work recently passed with a grade of C or better or ETS examination score of 470 for Spanish, 510 for French, 480 for German and the 40th percentile on other languages. A foreign language is defined as one that is non-native or not the primary language used in the student’s school system.
  2. Computer proficiency as evidenced by completion of two computer courses or an equivalency acceptable to the doctoral faculty.
  3. Two courses in statistics.
  4. Two 7000-, 8000- or 9000-level research methods courses outside the School of Journalism.