The following guidelines represent the policy of the History Department regarding the comprehensive oral examination:
Every graduate student, regardless of program option, must successfully complete the comprehensive oral examination.
Every student will be examined by a committee of the student's choice. The committee shall be three in number and be comprised of members of the History Department faculty. The examination will occur at a convenient time for all concerned.
If the student does not successfully complete the examination, the student will be required to retake the examination only after the members of the committee have decided that sufficient preparatory work has been undertaken and completed.
If the student fails the second examination, the student will not be permitted to continue in the program unless the committee and the Graduate Coordinator jointly agree that extraordinary circumstances justify a third attempt.
If the student fails the third examination, the student will not be permitted to continue in the program.
One faculty member of the committee shall be entrusted with the responsibility of informing the Graduate Coordinator and the Dean, in writing, when a student successfully completes the examination.