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Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive exams are meant to ensure that all students have a thorough grounding in the history of philosophy.  There are two sets of comprehensive exams.  The first covers ancient and medieval philosophy, while the second covers modern and contemporary philosophy.  The first set is normally taken during the summer after the student's first year of course work, and the second set is normally taken during the summer after the student's second year of course work. 

Each exam will test the student's knowledge of and critical interaction with a specified set of primary texts.  A reading list for each exam is provided below.

Ancient and Medieval Reading



Modern and Contemporary Reading