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Comprehensive Examination in Political Methodology

Students who elect Political Methodology as their second field are expected to take and successfully pass a written Comprehensive Examination. Students are required to demonstrate that they attained mastery of three areas in Political Methodology:

The Research Design and the Statistical Analysis components are required of all students who elect Political Methodology as their second field.

The Comprehensive examination consists of a 24-hour written exam. To pass the exam, students are required to earn a passing grade in all three areas in the exam. A failing grade in any of the three areas is a failing grade for the whole exam. Students may consult their books/articles and research notes to complete their exam. The examination committee reserves the right to call for an oral exam if necessary.

The Political Methodology faculty will prepare lists of topics and a reading list specifying the areas of knowledge of which students are expected to have mastery. The Political Methodology faculty might test students on materials not listed in the reading lists and lists of topics provided that those materials were covered in one of the Political Methodology courses taught in the Department in the previous two years; the Political Methodology faculty might as well as test students on materials listed in the reading lists and lists of topics even when these materials are not specifically covered in any of the Political Methodology courses in the Department.

The Director of Graduate Studies will appoint a committee of the Political Methodology faculty to evaluate and revise the reading lists and lists of topics every four years. The committee will recommend revised reading lists and lists of topics for approval by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chairperson of the Department.

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