Exam Field Lists

Below are sample reading lists for Ph.D. students to download and use in preparation for comprehensive examinations. Contact Diane Rapp to submit additional lists. Your contributions are appreciated!

NOTE: The content of each reading list is determined by the examining professor and the Ph.D. student at a particular moment in time. The following lists have been voluntarily provided by students to assist future students in shaping their exams. These reading lists should NOT be considered definitive field lists for future exams. Nor should you assume that this list represents all possibilities for formulations of exams. Students are encouraged to consult with their examiners to develop reading lists appropriate to their exams.

Sample Reading Lists for Ph.D. Comprehensive Field Exams

Early American History

Fall 2010
Examining Professor: Kyle G. Volk

Spring 2015
Examining Professor: Kyle G. Volk

Modern American History

Spring 2009 (1)
Examining Professor: Jeff Wiltse

Spring 2009 (2)
Examining Professor: Jeff Wiltse

Fall 2010
Examining Professor: Mike Mayer

Winter 2012
Examining Professor: Mike Mayer

Spring 2015
Examining Professor: Jeff Wiltse

Capitalism, Democracy, and the State in U.S. History

Winter 2013
Examining Professor: Kyle G. Volk

American Environmental History

Spring 2009
Examining Professor: Dan Flores

American Western & Environmental History

Spring 2009
Examining Professor: Dan Flores

Fall 2010 (1)
Examining Professor: Dan Flores

Fall 2010 (2)
Examining Professor: Dan Flores

Winter 2012
Examining Professor: Dan Flores

Winter 2013
Examining Professor: Dan Flores

Latin American History

Spring 2008
Examining Professor: Jody Pavilack

Spring 2009 (1)
Examining Professor: Jody Pavilack

Spring 2009 (2)
Examining Professor: Jody Pavilack

Winter 2012
Examining Professor: Jody Pavilack

Early Modern Europe & the Atlantic World

Fall 2010
Examining Professor: John Eglin

Modern European History

Spring 2008
Examining Professor: Linda Frey

Fall 2010
Examining Professor: Richard Drake

Winter 2013
Examining Professor: Robert H. Greene

Spring 2015
Examining Professor: Robert H. Greene

American Studies*

Spring 2009
Examining Professor: Nancy Cook (English)

Native American Studies*

Winter 2012
Examining Professor: Dave Beck (NAS)

Winter 2013
Examining Professor: Dave Beck (NAS)

*Fields outside of the department