I. Language Requirement Policy for PhD Students
Language requirements for the PhD Programs in Philosophy and Theology can be satisfied in one of the following ways:
a) Passing a departmentally-administered language exam according to departmental policy. Students should work closely with their program director in planning to sit for the exam(s).
b) Completing an intensive language program at another institution, if approved by the Advisor. (Note: Graduate assistantships do not support these programs. Students should work with their program directors to identify potential sources of funding).
c) Formal certification of language competency based on prior coursework and/or experience according to departmental policy.
II. Language Instruction: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers the following options to assist graduate students in language instruction for reading purposes.
a. Summer Language Workshops
The Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sponsors intensive language training during the summer to assist students in preparing for reading proficiency examinations. Typically, 1-2 workshops will be offered annually (French, German, Biblical Hebrew, or Koine Greek) on a rotating basis.
No previous language background is assumed.
Courses meet for 54 hours over no more than six weeks. Courses are zero credits and will appear on the student’s transcript with a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S or U). Students should keep in mind that these are intensive courses and therefore they should be prepared to minimize conflicts that may interfere with attendance.
Application & Registration
Priority enrollment is for PhD students in Theology and Philosophy, followed by Master’s students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Students wishing to participate in the workshop must apply by April 28th using the form available on the Graduate Studies website. The application will open here on January 15th. Courses must typically have a minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 15 enrolled.
b. Undergraduate Courses
Graduate students who need training in languages other than French, German, Biblical Hebrew, or Koine Greek may petition the Graduate Dean for financial support to enroll in an undergraduate course at Villanova.
Students should write a letter requesting permission to take the course to their program director at least 2 weeks prior to the start of a semester. The Graduate Program Director will forward the student’s request with a recommendation to the Graduate Dean. The Graduate Dean will inform the student of the decision. Please note the following:
- The course must be taken for credit; however, students approved to take an undergraduate language course will not receive graduate credit for these courses and therefore it does not count towards any degree requirements.
Adele Lindenmeyr, Dean, CLAS (November 7, 2017)
Christine Palus, Dean, Graduate Studies, CLAS (November 7, 2017)