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PhD Comprehensive Examinations

PhD Comprehensive Examination Area


  1. Ph.D. candidates will be required to take two comprehensive area examinations.
  2. Supervisors may not chair a comprehensive examination.
  3. The examining committees will ensure that there is no extensive overlap in the examination of each student.
  4. All comprehensive examinations require THREE members chosen from the appropriate area committee.
  5. Further regulations may be found in the Department Handbook.

Click on examination name for the reading list.

Comprehensive Area Chair Committee

Gender and Sexuality

Question Bank


Glavin, Fetner, Watts1, Young3

Political Sociology and Social Movements

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Heath, Hooks3, Levitt, McLaughlin, Satzewich2, Storey

Race and Ethnicity

Question Bank


Berardi, Denis, Heath, Kaida, Levitt, Robson, Watts1

Social Inequality

Question Bank


Chong, Denis, Fetner, Glavin, Heath, Kaida, Satzewich2, Storey, Young3

Social Psychology

Question Bank


Berardi, Glavin, McLaughlin, Pawluch, Young3

Sociology of Work and Occupations

Question Bank


Glavin, Kaida, Polanco



1 On Research Leave, Term I (Fall); may be unavailable to serve on comprehensive examining committees
2 On Research Leave, Term II (Winter); may be unavailable to serve on comprehensive examining committees

On Research Leave, 2019-2020; may be unavailable to serve on comprehensive examining committees