Language requirements for Ph.D. students
A reading knowledge of two research languages is required. Common language options for the School of Theology are German, Latin, French, and Spanish. Common language options for The Billy Graham School are Empirical Research, Analysis of Empirical Research, and or statistic courses. Graduate studies in empirical research methodologies, statistical analysis, and computer applications serve as the equivalent of language studies in the BGS Ministry concentrations. Philosophy students are allowed to take Advanced Logic as one of their languages.
The decision as to which languages are to be learned should be guided by the student’s particular research needs. The student’s supervisor should approve the languages chosen.
The language requirements must be demonstrated prior to the taking of the comprehensive examinations.
Satisfying the Language Requirements
Students may satisfy their language requirements in one of three ways:
The Language Proficiency Exam
The language proficiency exam usually consists of translating 1-2 pages of a theological article in a one hour time period. Students are only allowed to use a dictionary for the exam. For more information and to sign up for the next proficiency exam, fill out the language proficiency exam form.
Study Guides for the Exams:
Language Courses Through Other Institutions
The University of Arkansas offers language courses for reading knowledge online in French. This internet course fully satisfies the doctoral language requirement. Students can start a course at any time during the year, and the tuition cost is reasonable. You can learn more about these courses here. The code for French is FREN3063. The code for German is GERM3063.
Any additional questions should be directed to the University of Arkansas.
Language Learning Services
The library also subscribes to Mango Languages online to provide convenient language instruction to current students, faculty, staff, and their households. It offers a wide variety of languages and you can access Mango via an iPhone/iPad app or with an app for your Google Android Device. Learn more about the Library’s language learning services here.