Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science

Course requirements (to be completed prior to taking the special topic prelim)

  1. Distribution Requirement: Students must complete the seven-area (Medieval, five-century, and Francophonie) distribution requirement started in the M.A., that is, they must complete a course or seminar in each of the remaining areas.
  2. Breadth Requirement: Students must take a second course or seminar in two of the five areas outside those of their preliminary examinations.
  3. Seminar Requirement: Students must take at least three seminars in the French section.
  4. Medieval Specialists: Students intending to write a dissertation on the medieval period must take additional courses in philology and paleography, as indicated by their advisor.
  5. Foreign-Language Reading Requirement:
  • 17th- through 20th-Centuries and Francophonie: Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in a language other than French or English. The language will be selected in consultation with the graduate advisor and a faculty member in the intended area of specialization. The foreign language reading requirement should be completed before the preliminary examinations unless advisor approval has been given. In all cases, the foreign language reading requirement must be completed before dissertator status can be granted.
    Acceptable UW-Madison courses:
     
  • A three-credit 300-level course or above conducted completely in the target language. Students must receive at least a B.
     
  • Reading Knowledge Courses: “A” in Italian 301, “A” in Spanish 301,“A” in German 391 (see note) *, “A” in Latin 391 (see note)*

*If a student takes German 391 or Latin 391 and does not receive an A, then they must take German 392 or Latin 392 and receive at least a B.

    Courses Taken Elsewhere:
     
  • Upon submission of proper documentation, credit may be granted by the Graduate Studies Committee for a 300-level course taken elsewhere.
    Other Ways of Fulfilling the Requirement:
     
  • Students can be granted credit for passing outreach exams in Spanish or German with a score of “advanced.”
     
  • For less commonly taught languages, students can take an individual examination administered by a faculty member, with the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee. In these cases, the examining professor should be asked to fill out a Language Reading Competence Evaluation form, available from the Graduate Coordinator in 612 Van Hise.
  • Medieval and 16 th-Century Specialists: Students writing a dissertation on the medieval period or the sixteenth century must demonstrate reading proficiency in two languages other than English and French, reaching maximum proficiency in one language and mininum proficiency in the other. The languages for medieval specialists are Latin and German; for 16 th-Century specialists they are Italian and Latin, with Italian usually being taken for maximum proficiency. Students should complete at least the maximum-proficiency language before taking prelims, unless advisor approval has been given. In all cases, both languages must be completed before dissertator status can be granted.
    Acceptable UW-Madison courses:
     
  • Maximum Proficiency
       
  • A three-credit 300-level course or above conducted completely in the target language. Students must receive at least a B.
       
  • Reading Knowledge Courses:“AB” in Italian 301, “B” in German 392, “B” in Latin 392.
     
  • Minimum Proficiency:
       
  • A three-credit 300-level course or above conducted completely in the target language. Students must receive at least a B.
       
  • Reading Knowledge Courses:“B” in Italian 301, “B” in German 391, “B” in Latin 391.
    Other Ways of Fulfilling the Requirement:
     
  • As with the other areas of specialization, credit toward these requirements may be granted through outreach exams (in German, for example), individual exams for less-commonly-taught languages, or, with the approval of Graduate Studies, for courses taken elsewhere, upon submission of proper documentation.