Students enroled in the PhD in HIS program are required to pass a comprehensive written and oral exam prior to beginning work on their dissertation. The purpose of comprehensive exams is to ensure that the student has the requisite knowledge foundation to proceed and be successful in the program.
Information concerning comprehensive exams
The length of the reading list, and its final content, are negotiated between the student and the Committee to meet general and more focused content requirements. As a guiding principle, a list of 6-8 single spaced pages (journal articles and/or books/monographs).
- Monday morning: student receives examination questions, which have been pre-approved by Examination Committee
- Friday afternoon: student is required to submit their written examination answers by 5:00 p.m.
- Grading period: Examination Committee reviews the answers and determines pass/fail
- Oral Examination: is conducted within 1-2 weeks of submitting written exam and takes approximately two hours