Comprehensive Exam Reading Lists
Please note: these comprehensive exam reading lists are primarily for your general edification and should not be presumed to be the official reading list for your particular comprehensive exam in your particular semester. All students who are candidates for taking the comprehensive exams should meet with their exam committees several months prior to the scheduled exam date.
That having been said, these reading lists do contain the fundamental literature for each specialty, organized in such a manner as will facilitate the creation of a conceptual map of your specialty area. You will also obtain a general sense of the literature you will be responsible for during the comprehensive exams. Speak with your advisor for specialty-specific exam details and updated reading lists. The list below includes reading lists from prior comprehensive exam areas, and will be updated soon to reflect reading lists in our current speciality areas: Demography, Political Sociology, Social Psychology, and Stratification.