choose a major program in which requirements other than course credits exist
should consult with their advisers with respect to the nature and character of
the requirements and the regulations and dates governing their administration
choose a major program that requires a comprehensive examination should consult
with their advisers on departmental regulations and dates governing the
administration of the examination.
department faculty determines whether the student's performance on the examination is
"satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" and reports this
determination in those terms and in writing to the Office of Academic Services.
A department may, for good reason, "defer" a report, but in this
event must arrange promptly for a determination of "satisfactory" or
"unsatisfactory." In the event that the student's performance is
rated and reported as "unsatisfactory," he or she may file a request
with the department to take the examination a second time. Upon approval of the
department faculty and the concurrence of the dean's office, a second
examination may be given. A third examination is not permitted.
may allow students to write a thesis in lieu of taking a comprehensive
examination. Students interested in that option should contact their advisers.