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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


Campbell, Glavin3, Fetner, Watts, White, Young

Political Sociology and Social Movements

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Heath2, Hooks, Levitt3, McLaughlin2, Satzewich, Storey

Race and Ethnicity

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Berardi, Denis1, Heath2, Kaida, Levitt3, McLaughlin2, Robson, Watts

Social Inequality

Question Bank


Chong3, Denis1, Fetner, Glavin3, Heath2, Kaida, Satzewich, Storey, White, Young

Social Psychology

Question Bank


Berardi, Glavin3, McLaughlin2, Pawluch, Young

Sociology of Work and Occupations

Question Bank


Glavin3, 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, 2018-2019; may be unavailable to serve on comprehensive examining committees