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Comprehensive Exam

All PhD students must pass comprehensive exams to begin their dissertations. The following are the requirements for each concentration:

Medieval History
Comprehensive oral examination in four fields, at least three of which must be in the area of concentration; the fourth field may be in any other historical field or in another discipline, such as art history, literature, medieval studies, philosophy, political science, or theology.

Modern History
Comprehensive oral examination in four fields, at least three of which must be in the area of concentration; the fourth field may be in any other historical field or in another discipline, such as art history, literature, medieval studies, philosophy, political science, or theology.

Please see the graduate handbook for further information about selecting examiners and preparing for exams.