Comprehensive Examinations

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

For 2015-16:
June 20 - 24, 2016

For 2016-17:
August 29 - September 2, 2016
January 23 - 27, 2017
June 13 -17, 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 Comprehensive Examination Request Form must be submitted to the Graduate Office, confirming that the meeting has taken place.

Area Committees and Reading Lists June 2016 & 2016-17


Crime, Deviance and Socio-legal Studies
  Committee Members June 2016: Julian Tanner (chair), Jennifer Carlson, Randol Contreras
Reading List August 2013-16

Committee Members September 2016: Candace Kruttschnitt (chair), Randol Contreras, Phil Goodman
Committee Members January - June 2017: Joe Hermer (chair), Randol Contreras, Phil Goodman
Reading List 


Committee Members June 2016: Bonnie Fox (chair), Hae Yeon Choo, Judith Taylor
Reading List 2014-16

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

Health and Mental Health

  Committee Members June 2016: Blair Wheaton (chair), Brent Berry, Markus Schafer
Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Bill Magee (chair), Melissa Milkie, Scott Schieman
Reading List 2014-17

Immigration and Ethnicity
Committee Members June 2016: Jeff Reitz (chair), Eric Fong, Luisa Schwartzman
Reading List 2014-16

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 June 2016: Ron Levi (chair), Bob Brym, Erik Schneiderhan 
  Reading List 2015-16

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

Sociology of Culture

Committee Members June 2016: Ann Mullen (chair), Clayton Childress, Dan Silver
Reading List 2015-16
Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Ann Mullen (chair), Clayton Childress, Dan Silver
Reading List

Stratification, Work and Labour Markets

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

Qualitative Methods 
Committee Members 2016-17: 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 June 2016: Joe Bryant (chair), Vanina Leschziner, Erik Schneiderhan
Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Joe Bryant (chair), Dan Silver, Jack Veugelers
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. Students wanting to take comps in these areas must notify the graduate office no later than 6 months before the exam date to ensure enough time for a committee and list to be established.


Social Policy 

Committee Members 2014-15: Anna Korteweg (chair), Paula Maurutto, Ito Peng
Reading List 2014-15


Comprehensive Examination Policy

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Last updated at 10:50 EST, April 28, 2016.