Admission to Candidacy
Students shall pass two examinations administered by the examination committee in consultation with the student in an area related to the subject matter of their prospective dissertations. The exams will be take-home for 3 days, followed by an oral examination. Additionally, students shall demonstrate proficiency in at least one (and where deemed necessary, two) philosophically significant foreign language(s): typically, classical Greek, Latin, French, German, Arabic, classical Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit, or Pali. Language proficiency examinations will be conducted through the Graduate Division and the department of the UH responsible for teaching that language. For any specialist mastery relating to the subject of the student's research, certification will be conducted by the student's dissertation committee. Finally, to be admitted to candidacy, a student shall pass a comprehensive oral defense of a thesis proposal.