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Aug. 1st, 2007 @ 05:29 pm qualifying exams roll call
so, this community has been more or less dead since i've come by it....here's my dorked-out attempt to make some noise. (or else i'll abandon you all for the anthropologists)

who's prepping for exams now or in the near future? writtens? orals? what are your topics and scopes? how does this whole hoop-jumping deal work where you're at?

-your procrastinating colleague...
queer, yiddish, anarchist
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Date:August 1st, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I did my exams last year. Here at UCLA, our qualifying exams are a "special field" exam--we come up with a list of 50 items with which to be intimately familiar, and then we're given three questions and a week to write them in.

Next set: PhD defense.
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Date:August 2nd, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
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Same here, and boy am I glad that I'll never have to take another exam again as long as I live.
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Date:August 1st, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I just finished in April. :)

I had to pick three fields in which I had to know everything (appropriate primary lit., secondary lit., and repertoire, to be chosen/narrowed down in consultation with my committee). I had an 8-hour written exam followed several weeks later by an oral exam. Oodles of fun.

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Date:August 1st, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
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as for myself, i've got writtens coming up, basically on the whole damn field (theory, history, and methods of ethno), 2 out 3 questions each day for two (timed, 8 hour) days in a row. i have no idea what i'm supposed to be learning from this process except how to write under an insane deadline without having a panic attack.

the orals seem more sensible though. they happen at the end of our last year of coursework or early the following fall. we pick two topics (usually a geographic area and a conceptual area), make a hundred or so item bibliography for each, write an essay as to why these areas are important with some critical questions for each, and hand 'em over to the committe a few weeks before the exam itself.
at least you have a good reason to be reading up on all the literature of your specialization areas, and being able to think on your feet is, in my opinion, a more important skill than being able to write stupidly fast. Oh well, "trust the process" has been my motto since i got here. It's kept me sane-ish, if nothing else.

and at least there's no needle dropping or transcription - then again, i wouldn't have gone into a program that thought those were good ideas anyhow.
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