PhD program

CSPT program requirements

In general, CSPT students must meet the core graduating requirements of their own department, as well as specific requirements of the CSPT program:

(a) 1.5 units of CSPT 601

(b) 1.5 units of either CSPT 600 or CSPT 690

Note: With permission of the CSPT director, credit may be granted for a graduate theory seminar taught by a CSPT faculty member in a department different from the student's own.

(c) Completion of a candidacy exam set by the CSPT program as one of the comprehensive exams.

(d) Written dissertation that meets the requirements of both the home department and CSPT program with the topic in the field of CSPT.

Composition of Supervisory Committee
CSPT students are required to have a CSPT Faculty as (Co-)Supervisor and at least two CSPT Faculty in their Supervisory Committee. At least one CSPT Faculty in the student’s Supervisory Committee must be from outside the student’s home department.

Note: The topic of the student’s thesis must be within the field of cultural, social, and political thought.

CSPT Candidacy Exam

CSPT PhD students are required to write the CSPT candidacy exam in addition to any comprehensive (or candidacy) exams written for their home departments. The purpose of the candidacy exam is to (a) to prepare the PhD student for potentially teaching a course like the CSPT core course (CSPT501/601) and have breadth of knowledge for this purpose; and (b) to allow our interdiciplinary students to have foundational knowledge of their special fields. The candidacy exam is not intended to prepare the student with his or her dissertation research.

The New Candidacy Exam (2015)

The new CSPT Doctoral Candidacy Exam Procedures captures the process which applies to all CSPT PhD students who enter the Program in September 2015.   The students are encouraged to study the CSPT Doctoral Candidacy Exam Procedures document the Exam Reading List and the List of Problematiques.  

The Candidacy Exam (pre-2015)

The PhD students in CSPT Program who are pre-2015 entry have the option of choosing the old (2013) Candidacy Exam Procedure or the new (2015) one.  Students are encouraged to study the candidacy exam procedure as well as the master reading list.  

Individual department requirements

(a) 4.5 units of English graduate courses (a CSPT or cross-listed CSPT course may be substituted for 1.5 of these units).
(b)
CSPT 601 (1.5 units).
(c)
ENGL 698, Candidacy Exam (the major field or focused field candidacy exam must be in the CSPT area, based on a reading list set by CSPT).
(d)
ENGL 699 (Dissertation), 18.0 units minimum, in the fields of CSPT and ENGL.

For more information please see the
English calendar requirements.

The History Department does not have formal provisions for admitting students to the CSPT program at the PhD level.

Provisions may be made at a later date.

(a) 1.5 units of POLI 609.
(b) 3.0 units of additional Political Science graduate courses.
(c) 1.5 units of
POLI 600 “Professional Development Seminar.”
(d) Successful completion of candidacy exams in two of the department's field areas, one of which must be in the field of CSPT.
(e) 30.0 units of
POLI 699 (dissertation)

For more information please see the 
Political Science calendar requirements.

(a) 7.5 units of course work, subject to the same requirements that apply to other sociology doctoral students.
(b)
CSPT doctoral students are required to take one section of CSPT 500, plus one section of CSPT 501/CSPT 601.
(c) In addition, students write, as one of their comprehensive exams, a
CSPT exam set by the CSPT program.
(d) 21.0 unit dissertation in the field of CSPT. The dissertation must meet the requirements of both the CSPT program and the Department of Sociology. The topic must be within the broad field of cultural, social and political thought.

Note: The supervisor must be a participating CSPT Faculty member who is also a member of the Sociology Department.

For more information please see the
Sociology calendar requirements.

(a) 3.0 units of ES 600 and ES 601
(b) 3.0 units of ES 603
(c) 3.0 units of ES 693
(d) Successful completion of candidacy examinations with one of the two major papers in the field of CSPT.
(e) A dissertation worth 21 units on an approved topic within the field of cultural, social and political thought, under the direction of a supervisory committee including at least two participating CSPT faculty members.

To complete the CSPT program in the individual interdisciplinary program, a student must complete:
(a) CSPT 601
(b) At least 1.5 units of CSPT 600
(c) A candidacy examination within the field of cultural, social and political thought.
(d) At least 4.5 units of other courses at the doctoral level, approved by the CSPT program director and the interdisciplinary special arrangements admissions committee.
(e) A second candidacy examination in a field approved by the CSPT program director and the interdisciplinary special arrangements admissions committee.
(f) A dissertation worth 30 units on an approved topic within the field of cultural, social and political thought, under the direction of a supervisory committee including at least two participating CSPT faculty.


For more information please see the individual interdisciplinary program calendar requirements.