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Request to Take Comp Exam Form Submission Deadline
The PhD program requires that students take two comprehensive examinations in their chosen major fields of sociology.
We offer comprehensive exams in the following core areas of department specialization: Sociology of Crime and Law; Culture; Gender; Health & Mental Health; Immigration & Ethnicity; Networks & Community; Political Sociology; Work, Stratification and Markets; Sociological Theory; Qualitative Methods; and Quantitative Methods.
We recommend that students take at least two courses in the area prior to taking the comp exam in that area. Most courses are offered at least every other year in all core areas; yearly in theory and methods.
In addition to the examinations offered in core areas, students may request to take a comprehensive exam in the following areas of expertise: Aging & Life Course; Environmental Sociology; Family; Social Policy; and Urban Sociology. Students may file a request with the Grad Office to take an exam in one of these areas of expertise at least six months ahead of time; if the Associate Grad chair is able to form a faculty comp committee in that area, s/he will approve the request. We will not offer comprehensive examinations in other areas.
The form can be downloaded here.