Comprehensive Examinations

Comprehensive Exam Dates for the 2015-16 & 2016-17 Academic Years

For 2016-17:
August 29 - September 2, 2016
January 23 - 27, 2017
June 12 -16, 2017

Students may take either a 5 day take-home or a 4 hour sit-down exam. The 4 hour sit-down exam takes place on the first day of the examination period. Students must notify and meet with the area committee no later than 8 weeks before the exam date. A Comp Exam Request Form (Comp Exam Request Form Nov16) must be submitted to the Graduate Office, confirming that the meeting has taken place.

Area Committees and Reading Lists 2016-17


Crime, Deviance and Socio-legal Studies
  Committee Members September 2016: Candace Kruttschnitt (chair), Randol Contreras, Phil Goodman
Committee Members January - June 2017: Ron Levi (chair), Randol Contreras, Phil Goodman
Reading List 


Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Bonnie Fox (chair), Hae Yeon Choo, Josee Johnston
Reading List

Health and Mental Health

  Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Bill Magee (chair), Melissa Milkie, Scott Schieman
Reading List 2014-17

Immigration and Ethnicity
Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Jeff Reitz (chair), Neda Maghbouleh, Luisa Farah Schwartzman
Reading List

Networks and Community
Committee Members 2016-17: Bonnie Erickson (chair), Alexandra Marin, Markus Schafer
Reading List

  Political Sociology
Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Bob Brym (chair), David Pettinicchio, Jack Veugelers
Reading List

Sociology of Culture

Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Ann Mullen (chair), Clayton Childress, Dan Silver
Reading List
 Reading List 2017

Stratification, Work and Labour Markets

Committee Members 2016-17: John Kervin (chair), Ronit Dinovitzer, Sandy Welsh
Reading List

Qualitative Methods 
Committee Members September 2015 - June 2016: Judy Taylor (chair), Jennifer Chun, Jooyoung Lee
Reading List

Quantitative Methods

Committee Members 2016-17: Brent Berry (chair), Blair Wheaton, Geoff Wodtke
Reading List

Sociological Theory
  Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Jack Veugelers (chair), Joe Bryant, Dan Silver
Reading List 2013-16

 For information on comprehensive exams in the following areas, Social Policy, Life Course & Aging, Urban Sociology and Social Demography, please contact the Associate Chair – Graduate Studies. Lists and committees for these four areas will be established when needed (if possible). Students wanting to take comps in these areas must notify the graduate office no later than 6 months before the exam date to determine if a committee and reading list can be established.

Sociology of Families 

Committee Members 2017: Bonnie Fox (chair), Melissa Milkie,Rania Salem
Reading List

Social Policy 
This comp will not be offered in January or June 2017

Committee Members August 2016: Ito Peng (chair), Paula Maurutto, David Pettinicchio
Reading List 2014-16


Comprehensive Examination Policy

Click here to view the Department of Sociology Comprehensive Examination Policy.


No one other than yourself may read, edit or comment on your exam prior to submission to the comp committee and Graduate Office. It is your responsibility to read and be aware of the University’s Academic Integrity resources which can be found at, and specifically the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters ( 

Last updated at 10:50 EST, November 17, 2016.