The Field of Study (FOS) examination tests a DN student’s knowledge of a field or fields related, but not identical to, their applied research. The FOS examination encourages the student to develop both breadth and depth of knowledge within a given field or fields of enquiry.
The written FOS examination, which is to be based on a Reading List, requires students to respond to one question over the period of twenty-one days. The oral FOS examination, which is also based on the same Reading List, tests a DN student’s ability to respond orally to questions that extend beyond (i.e., are different from) those on the written FOS examination. It requires that the students articulate their responses in a clear and concise manner and that they evaluate the results of previous research and rely on the relevant theories, methods, and results (from the Reading List) to substantiate arguments.