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The Special Fields Examination both prepares students for teaching and scholarly work in a particular field and facilitates the transition to writing the doctoral thesis. Accordingly, the Special Fields Reading List, which forms the basis for the examination, comprises between 80 and 100 texts, roughly two-thirds (55-65) in a major field and roughly one-third (25-35) in a minor field. Students construct their own lists in consultation with their supervisor and thesis committee. The Special Fields Examination must be completed by the end of Year 2 and will normally be taken in March or April of that year.

For a full discussion, please see  Description of Special Fields Exam and Timeline for Thesis Proposals Reading Lists and Special Fields Exam (Revised December 2021).

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