The comprehensive examination is designed to enable students to draw together their work in the major or minor. While the questions change from year to year, the goal is threefold: (1) to help students make connections among the core courses, (2) to help them integrate the courses in their concentration, and (3) to help them tie their concentrations to the core. The comprehensive examination for the minor focuses only on the core, because minors do not have a concentration.
They are usually taken in the student's final semester at Denison. The examination has both in-class and take-home components. Topics for review are developed by the faculty, but review sessions are led by Senior Fellows.
Comprehensive examination questions for this year: