Before the General Exam, students must have completed at least 60 hours of coursework, 18 of which must be graded credits. It consists of both a written exam and an oral exam.
Note: students may register for as few as 2 credits during the quarter of their General Exam and not lose fulltime status. When preparing for the General Exam, enroll for credits under HCDE 600, CR/NC.
The written portion of the exam consists of four questions representing each of the four thematic areas (Theory, Research Methods, Society & Systems, and Design & Engineering). The General Exam is administered by a four-member committee; the committee chair must be a member of the HCDE faculty who holds a doctoral degree (PhD, D. Phil, J.D. or equivalent in the specific field of study). Each member of the committee will be responsible for drafting and evaluating the question(s) in his/her subject area.