Comprehensive Examinations

Comprehensive Exam Dates for the 2016-17 & 2017-18 Academic Years

For 2016-17:

June 12 -16, 2017

For 2017-18:

August 28 - September 1, 2018

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 January - June 2017: Ron Levi (chair), Randol Contreras, Phil Goodman
Committee Members August - January 2018: Candice Kruttschnitt (chair), Sida Liu, Ashley Rubin
Committee Members February - August 2018: Julian Tanner (chair), Sida Liu, Ashley Rubin
Reading List 

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

Health and Mental Health
Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Bill Magee (chair), Melissa Milkie, Scott Schieman Committee Members August 2017: Scott Schieman (chair), Brent Berry, Melissa Milkie
Reading List 2014-17

Immigration and Ethnicity
Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Jeff Reitz (chair), Neda Maghbouleh, Luisa Farah Schwartzman Committee Members August 2017 - June 2018: Monica Boyd (chair), Neda Maghbouleh, Luisa Farah Schwartzman
Reading List

Networks and Community
Committee Members 2016-17: Bonnie Erickson (chair), Alexandra Marin, Markus Schafer
Committee Members 2017-18: Bonnie Erickson (chair), Clayton Childress, Markus Schafer
Reading List

  Political Sociology
Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Bob Brym (chair), David Pettinicchio, Jack Veugelers
Reading List
Committee Members August 2017 - January 2018: Jack Veugelers (chair), David Pettinicchio, Yoonkyung Lee Reading List 

Sociology of Culture
Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Ann Mullen (chair), Clayton Childress, Dan Silver Committee Members August 2017 - June 2018: Shyon Baumann (chair), Bonnie Fox, Vanina Leschziner
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 2017: Judy Taylor (chair), Jennifer Chun, Jooyoung Lee
Committee Members August 2017 - June 2018: Ping-Chun Hsiung (chair), Jennifer Chun, Jooyoung Lee
Reading List

Quantitative Methods
Committee Members 2016-17: Brent Berry (chair), Blair Wheaton, Geoff Wodtke
Committee Members 2017-18: Blair Wheaton (chair), Andrew Miles, Geoff Wodtke
 Reading List


Sociological Theory
  Committee Members September 2016 - June 2017: Jack Veugelers (chair), Joe Bryant, Dan Silver
Committee Members August 2017 - June 2018: Jack Veugelers (chair), Steve Hoffman, Erik Schneiderhan
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.

Life Course & Aging
Committee Members 2017: Markus Schafer (chair), William Magee, Blair Wheaton
 Reading List 
Environmental Sociology
Committee Members 2017:  John Hannigan (chair), Zaheer Baber, Ellen Berrey
Reading List


Sociology of Families
Committee Members 2017: Bonnie Fox (chair), Melissa Milkie, Rania Salem
Reading List - June 2017 
Reading List - August 2017


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, May 3, 2017.