Language and Residency Requirements

Before a student may advance to Ph.D. candidacy, reading competence in one foreign language is required. This language must be German, Ancient Greek, French, or Latin unless the Director of Graduate Studies and the Department Head recommend that some other language be substituted. This requirement must be satisfied either by means of a written translation examination administered by the Department of Philosophy or by passing (with a grade of B or better) the appropriate 605 course in the School of Languages and Cultures. (Additional languages may be required by the nature of the student's Ph.D. research; this shall be determined by the student’s dissertation committee.)  A student sitting for the translation examination will be allowed the use of a lexicon and a dictionary. The exam time will be 90 minutes.  The examiner(s) will be appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies from among the faculty of the Philosophy Department.

The Residency Requirement

The total number of hours of academic credit used to satisfy residency requirements consists of all course credit hours that appear on the plan of study, other graduate course credit hours with grades of C or better that appear on the Purdue transcript, and research hours that appear on the Purdue transcript.

  1. At least one-third of the total credit hours used to satisfy the degree requirements must be earned (while registered for doctoral study) in continuous residence on the Purdue campus where the degree is to be granted.

  2. At least 90 credit hours are required.

  3. master's degree from any accredited university may contribute 30 credit hours toward satisfying this residency requirement.

In fulfilling these requirements, a maximum of 18 credit hours will be allowed from any one semester.

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