You are required to demonstrate proficiency in reading Mathematics in either French, German, or Russian. The Graduate Policy Committee will consider petitions to substitute other languages provided the grounds of the petition concern the performance of mathematical research.
Foreign language proficiency can be established in three different ways:
- You may take and pass with a grade of at least B (3.0) in the 492 reading course (e.g. F492 for French, G492 for German, and R492 for Russian). You may register for the first course in the sequence _491, to prepare for the _492. Please note that the _491 and _492 courses are not counted as graduate credit, therefore these hours do not count toward your 90 hour requirement.
- You may take and pass the Graduate Student Foreign Language Test administered on a regular basis by the language departments at Indiana University. There is a charge for these exams.
- You can translate a portion of an approved mathematics text. To qualify under this method, contact a mathematics faculty member designated by the director of graduate studies and arranges with that faculty member to take the exam by translating a portion of the agreed-upon text. The exam lasts about one hour and a dictionary is allowed. After consultation with the language department, a decision will be made based on the translation. Results will be communicated by the Graduate Office. At most, you may attempt this exam in a given language once per semester.