Graduating seniors are required to take an examination on Russian literature. Together with the thesis and departmental grades, this examination is one of three components that determine departmental honors.
The comprehensive exam is based on a core list of works taught in the three survey courses offered by the department. [Link here to PDF] Students may substitute a limited number of works based on their individual interests for the comprehensive exam. The finalized list must be submitted to the Departmental Representative one month before the exam.
On the day of the take-home exam, students receive a set of three questions based on the comprehensive list. These are sent no later than 9am on the appointed day in electronic form. Students choose two of the three questions and write in response two analytical essays in English of approximately 1000-1500 words each. The essays should be emailed to the departmental representative before midnight on the following day (36 hours later). The essay should be sent back in electronic form to the Departmental Representative.