Examinations are not administered during the summer.
The Ph.D. exams consist of written and oral components, to be completed within a three-week period. A syllabus designed by the student is required and turned in with the written examinations.
Ph.D. exams play a central role in the professional development of graduate students as scholars and teachers. They help students:
- Develop areas of expertise for teaching and scholarship.
- Understand and demonstrate knowledge of the history, stakes, and conversations occurring within a chosen field.
- Cultivate the critical reading, writing, research, and professional skills required for deadline-driven academic projects and long-term independent research.
- Discover and refine research inquiries that emerge from a contextualized understanding of a field as a prelude to intervening in and contributing to this field.