Preliminary Exams

Group I Exams:

  • Comparative-Historical Sociology
  • Demography and Ecology
  • Economic Change and Development
  • Economic Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Gender
  • Organizational and Occupational Analysis
  • Political Sociology
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Social Psychology and Micro-Sociology
  • Social Stratification

Group II Exams:

  • AgriFood Systems
  • Class Analysis and Historical Change
  • Communities and Urban Sociology
  • Crime, Deviance, and Social Control
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Ethnography
  • Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
  • Family
  • General Social Theory
  • Law and Society
  • Medical Sociology
  • Methods and Statistics
  • Science and Technology

Oral exam:

This “exam” is actually a brief, informal conversation that students have with their advisor, focusing on plans for the dissertation.  Once the oral exam has taken place,  students have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. but the dissertation.  They then submit a “Petition to Become a Dissertator” form, after which the Graduate School confers dissertator (or ABD) status.

Prelim time limit:

Students must pass both written prelims by the end of the summer after their eighth semester in residence at the University.