The Foreign Language Requirement for the Ph.D.: A New Approach


  • Albert Allen Bartlett

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      Albert Allen Bartlett (Ph.D., Harvard University) is a professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Colorado. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Summer School for several years. Born in Shanghai, China, Professor Bartlett was a Research Worker at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, recipient of the National Science Foundation and Atomic Energy Commission Grants for Research in Nuclear Spectroscopy, and Director of the National Science Foundation Summer Institute for Research Participation for College Teachers from 1959 to 1965. Author of articles in the American Journal of Physics, he is currently the Membership Chairman of the American Association of Physics Teachers.


ABSTRACT: A detailed study of the foreign language requirement for the Ph.D. degree has resulted in recommendations for a revision in its emphasis and scope. These recommendations have been adopted by the Graduate Faculty of the University of Colorado. The Graduate School now has a “communication” requirement of second-year college proficiency in a foreign language of the student's choice with emphasis on having this requirement met by courses recorded in the student's undergraduate transcript. The “tool” requirements (which may, or may not, be satisfied by the “communication” skill) are left totally to the individual academic departments and schools.