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3. Coursework

Most students complete their required coursework by the end of their third year, giving them flexibility to study abroad and to focus on their research and teaching.  More advanced students who have completed their course requirements have the option to register for additional courses, or they may benefit from auditing relevant seminars while they are pursuing dissertation research.  Having achieved advanced proficiency in two languages (in addition to English), some students also pursue additional language work relevant to their research.  Students can satisfy the Department’s advanced language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways: 1) by completing at least one graduate or advanced undergraduate course offered by the department that teaches the language at UM, provided that a substantial portion of the reading and discussion is conducted in that language; 2) by teaching the language as a GSI; 3) by passing a translator’s exam administered by the ATA or comparable organization; or, if none of the above options are available, and at the discretion of the graduate chair and the student’s principal advisor, 4) by taking an advanced language exam (comprised of reading, writing, speaking, and listening components) administered by a faculty member at UM who has native or near-native command of the language in question. The student is exempt from this requirement if she/he is a fully proficient native speaker of the language.