The exam will be divided into two parts. On one part, the questions will focus more on political theory and, to a lesser extent, the other sub-disciplines. On the other, the questions will focus more on comparative, American, and international politics.
Students will be asked to prepare answers to 5 or 6 questions in each part.
On the day of the exam, they will be given a choice of two questions from each part of the exam on which they will write. All questions require a student to link the main theme of the question to another subfield of political science. Students will type their exams in designated computer labs.
The Department will schedule one meeting in the fall at which we will give students advice on how to study for the exam. At a second meeting, in early January, we will distribute the exam questions. We encourage the formation of study groups among students who should begin their preparation prior to the distribution of questions.