The department offers outstanding students the chance to complete the M.A. degree within four years (8 semesters) while persuing the B.A.. The track enables earning the B.A. with the completion of a quota of B.A. courses while studying toward the Master's.
As a general rule, students studying in this accelerated track are obligated to complete 60 credits of B.A.-level courses in the department and 52 credits of M.A. courses.
In the first year, students will take the regular B.A. program. In the second year, students will take the B.A. program plus one third-year seminar. In the third year, they will take one B.A.-level seminar and one specialized M.A.-level seminar, a methodology seminar, joint studies and a foreign language. The fourth year will consist of a specialized seminar, two methodological seminars, an interdisciplinary seminar, joint studies, and a foreign language. One of the third-year B.A. courses and one of the fourth-year M.A. courses may be exchanged for "directed reading." The student is entitled to begin writing the M.A. thesis in the third year.
Students who have a grade average of at least 85 in their first-year courses in the department are eligible for admission into the program. They must then undergo an interview with the departmental M.A. committee during the summer between their second and third years of study. Status as a regular M.A. student will be achieved only by completing all requirements for the B.A. degree.