Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination must be taken no later than four weeks before the end of the semester in which the student will graduate. The examination may be written or oral, at the option of the major department. Although the exact nature of the examination will be determined by the department involved, there are general guidelines:
  • The examination should be designed so that it does not exceed three hours.
  • The examination should test the candidate's general knowledge of the field of the major rather than specialized information about some particular aspect of the major.
  • The examination should be uniform for all candidates within a particular semester.
It is the responsibility of the student to contact the department chair and request that the comprehensive examination be designed and administered. These arrangements should be made one semester in advance. The department must notify the Honors College, in writing, of the results of the comprehensive examination two weeks prior to graduation.