Brooklyn College English Department
MA English and MA English Teacher Programs
Foreign Language Requirement
NOTE for current students: The date of the Foreign Language examinations for Fall 2012 is Wednesday, December 5. Students wishing to register must do so by Monday, September 24 in Boylan 2314.
One of the degree requirements
for the MA English program is to demonstrate reading knowledge of a foreign
language. Students should turn their attention to this matter early in their studies (see the note at the bottom of this page). The foreign language requirement can be fulfilled in the following ways:
- For the most frequently
requested languages (Spanish and French) you must complete and return
an application to the English Graduate Deputy by the date specified
in the current Schedule of Classes (and posted on the "Graduation"
page of this site). The test is given every Fall and Spring semester
on three dates, also specified in the Schedule of Classes (and posted
on the "Graduation" page): the date for language examinations;
the date for comprehensive exams (Sabbath observers); the date for comprehensive
exams (all others). The test gives you two hours to translate a one
or two page passage from the foreign language into idiomatic English
with the aid of a dictionary. If you are
going to be tested in French or Spanish, a packet of readings is available from
the Graduate Deputy of the English Department.
- For all other
languages, identify a professor in one of the foreign language departments
at Brooklyn College who is willing to test your knowledge of your chosen
language and agree on a mutually convenient date to take the test.
- Take a course
at the CUNY Graduate Center's Language Reading Program (see below) in French, Latin,
German, Spanish, or Italian (not all languages are offered every semester).
If you pass with a grade of B or better on the course, this will satisfy
the foreign language requirement. It is your responsibility to request
that the GC Language Reading Program notify the English Graduate Deputy
of the course results in writing.
- If your first
language is not English, speak to the Graduate Deputy about possible
exemption from this requirement.
The CUNY Graduate Center Language Reading Program will offer intensive,
non-credit courses in languages designed to assist graduate students in
meeting the language requirements for their degree. These courses last
for twelve weeks and aim at developing a reading knowledge of the languages.
Separate tuition ($275 per course for currently matriculated students)
must be paid for offerings of the CUNY Graduate Center
Language Reading Program. Registration forms are available in the office
of the Language Reading Program, Room 4415, on the fourth floor of the
Graduate Center. Registration can be handled either in person (in our
offices) or by mail.
The Graduate School
and University Center
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309
Contact: Amy Sweeney
ARE STRONGLY URGED NOT TO WAIT UNTIL THEIR LAST SEMESTER IN ORDER TO FULFILL
THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT, AS THIS CAN RESULT IN UNANTICIPATED
HOLD-UPS IN GRADUATION. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS TURN THEIR
FULL ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER ONE OR TWO SEMESTERS EARLIER, AT THE VERY