Scope of Qualifying Examination
The scope of the qualifying examination is a function of the student's research interests and the broad objectives of the PhD program in Rural Resource Evaluation and Environmental Analysis. Thus, this description of the scope of the examination, which will be prepared by the student in consultation with the Advisory Committee, is a key component of the qualifying examination. It defines the general boundaries of the pertinent scholarly fields and research areas, guides the Examination Committee's preparation of questions, and constitutes a reference list for the written examination. GEOG*6100 is explicitly designed to help students develop this description.
This description must be approved by the Advisory Committee, and must be provided to the members of the Examining Committee four weeks prior to the written examination. It should have the following main sections:
It is recognized that the breadth and depth of the literature used to define the scholarly fields and research areas identified will vary from student to student, depending on the nature of the research questions and problems. However, in all cases it is expected that students will present literature that demonstrates that they have explored pertinent conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues.