Language Requirement

UCI-UCSD Presidential Suite Reunion at ASTR, Minneapolis, 2016

Mentor Breakfast organized by Katie Turner and Guy Zimmerman. ASTR conference, Portland, 2015.

Great turnout from the UCI/UCSD joint program at the ASTR conference. Portland, 2015

Asian Performance Conference at UCI, 2008

Asian & TransNation Seminar, 2010

PhD Recruitment, 2014

Monthly PhD Program Meeting, 2014

Welcome Week, 2014

Faculty Panel at the PhD Recruitment Event, 2014


PhD in Drama & Theatre Program:

Course of Study
Comprehensive Examinations
Advancement to Candidacy
Language Requirement
Doctoral Faculty
Current Doctoral Students
How to Apply

One of the Joint Program's strengths is the international character of the faculty’s research interests. We believe such interest is important to the best scholarship—and provides an advantage to UCI doctoral students entering the job market. Because of literature’s untranslatability, because significant scholarship takes place in many languages, and because language study—and the ability to engage works in their original language—makes one more sensitive to the workings of one’s own language, students are required to demonstrate proficiency in at least one language other than English. This knowledge may be demonstrated in a variety of ways: writing a seminar paper directly utilizing foreign texts, passing advanced level language courses with a B or better, directly translating a designated text, or devising some other manner with the student’s advisor. Because foreign language knowledge is an important tool and not just a hurdle, we expect students to demonstrate a deep working knowledge of a language rather than simply to pass a university exam.