The comprehensive exam is designed to test majors' knowledge of core concepts and theories in their chosen sub-fields, as well as their ability to apply those concepts and theories in the analysis of political events, behavior, and ideas. Students are required to complete a comprehensive exam in which they answer one question from a list of questions in each of their chosen concentrations.
Typically, majors in politics take the comprehensive exam in March of their senior year. Students completing an additional major outside of politics or who have a conflict with the schedule exam date should consult with their advisor and the politics department chair about taking the exam in January of the senior year.
To learn about the structure and nature of political science comprehensive exams, you may view copies of recent past exams at the following link: Comprehensive Exam Spring 2015.