Toward the completion of the major program, every student in Arts and Sciences must successfully pass a comprehensive assessment in that major program. The format of the comprehensive is determined by the department offering the program. It is generally completed either during the first semester or early in the second semester of the senior year.

A student who does not pass the Senior Comprehensive Assessment may re-take it; however, at least 40 days must elapse between attempts. Exceptions to this timeline are left to the discretion of the dean.

Registration for "Comprehensive Exam" (ART 498, ENG 498, HIST 498, etc.) is required through the Cardinal Station system.