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Twin Cities Campus

Geography Ph.D.

Geography, Environment, Society
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Department of Geography, 414 Social Sciences Building, 267 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-6080; fax: 612-624-1044)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2021
  • Length of program in credits: 52
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The geography graduate program at Minnesota reflects the intellectual breadth of the discipline by maintaining strengths in the broad areas of human geography, physical geography, nature-society relationships, and geographic information science. Faculty and students are engaged in teaching and research both within and across these broad areas as evidenced by prominent research themes within the program: culture, place, and flow; environmental change; geographies of the information society; geovisualization; globalization and uneven development; governance, citizenship, and justice; metropolis and world; and nature and society. To support students in gaining both depth and breadth within the discipline, the program is highly individualized with a limited number of requirements. Students work with their advisers to design individual programs suited to their educational and professional goals.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.50.
Undergraduate degrees need not be from a program in geography. However, students whose previous work is not in geography may be asked to complete specific courses that do not provide graduate credit.
Graduate degrees need not be from a program in geography. However, students whose previous work is not in geography may be asked to complete specific courses that do not provide graduate credit.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 24
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 22
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 84
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
16 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Courses (4 credits)
Take the following courses, preferably during the first year of study:
GEOG 8001 - Problems in Geographic Thought (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8405 - Seminar: Graduate Student Professional Development (1.0 cr)
Methods Course (3 credits)
Select 3 credits of methods coursework in consultation with the advisor and subject to director of graduate studies approval.
Proposal-writing Course (3 credits)
Take the following course. Other coursework may be applied to this requirement with director of graduate studies approval.
GEOG 8302 - Research Development (3.0 cr)
Major Electives (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following, at least 3 credits of which must be from a GEOG 82xx course. Other coursework may be applied to this requirement with advisor approval.
GEOG 8101 - Proseminar: Nature and Society (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8102 - Proseminar: The State, the Economy, and Spatial Development (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8103 - Proseminar: Physical Geography (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8105 - Proseminar: Historical Geography (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8106 - Seminar: Social and Cultural Geography (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8107 - Geographic Writing (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8200 - Seminar: Urban Geography (2.0-3.0 cr)
GEOG 8201 - Explorations in the Geography of Minnesota (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8211 - Federal Policy Research (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8212 - Africa (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8213 - East Asia and China (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8214 - South Asia (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8220 - Agrarian Change and Rural Development (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8230 - Theoretical Geography (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8240 - Medical Geography (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8260 - Seminar: Physical Geography (2.0 cr)
GEOG 8270 - Seminar: Climatology (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8280 - Biogeography (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8290 - Seminar in GIS and Cartography (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8291 - Seminar in GIS, Technology, and Society (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8292 - Seminar in GIS: Spatial Analysis and Modeling (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8293 - CyberGIS (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8294 - Spatiotemporal Modeling and Simulation (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8301 - Advanced Qualitative Methods (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8302 - Research Development (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8336 - Development Theory and the State (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8350 - Seminar: World Population (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8405 - Seminar: Graduate Student Professional Development (1.0 cr)
GEOG 8420 - Teaching Practicum (1.0 cr)
GEOG 8800 - Seminar: Development of Geographic Thought (3.0 cr)
GEOG 8970 - Directed Readings (1.0-5.0 cr)
GEOG 8980 - Topics: Geography (1.0-3.0 cr)
Outside Coursework (12 credits)
Select 12 credits in consultation with the advisor.
AMST 8920 - Topics in American Studies (3.0 cr)
ANTH 8203 - Research Methods in Social and Cultural Anthropology (3.0 cr)
ANTH 8810 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology (3.0 cr)
DSSC 8111 - Approaches to Knowledge and Truth: Ways of Knowing in Development Studies and Social Change (3.0 cr)
DSSC 8112 - Scholarship and Public Responsibility (1.0 cr)
DSSC 8211 - Doctoral Research Workshop in Development Studies and Social Change (3.0 cr)
DSSC 8310 - Topics in Development Studies and Social Change (1.0-3.0 cr)
ESCI 5980 - Seminar: Current Topics in Earth Sciences (1.0-4.0 cr)
FNRM 5131 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources (4.0 cr)
GIS 5555 - Basic Spatial Analysis (3.0 cr)
GIS 5571 - ArcGIS I (3.0 cr)
GIS 5572 - ArcGIS II (3.0 cr)
GIS 5574 - Web GIS and Services (3.0 cr)
GIS 5577 - Spatial Database Design and Administration (3.0 cr)
GIS 5590 - Special Topics in GIS (3.0 cr)
GLOS 5900 - Topics in Global Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
GRAD 5105 - Practicum in University Teaching for Nonnative English Speakers (1.0-2.0 cr)
GRAD 8101 - Teaching in Higher Education (3.0 cr)
GRAD 8200 - Teaching and Learning Topics in Higher Education (1.0 cr)
GRAD 8401 - Dissertation Proposal Development Seminar (3.0 cr)
GWSS 8108 - Genealogies of Feminist Theory (3.0 cr)
GWSS 8210 - Seminar: Feminist Theory & Praxis (3.0 cr)
GWSS 8220 - Seminar: Science, Technology & Environmental Justice (3.0 cr)
GWSS 8260 - Seminar: Race, Representation and Resistance (3.0 cr)
GWSS 8270 - Seminar: Theories of Body (3.0 cr)
GWSS 8490 - Seminar: Transnational, Postcolonial, Diaspora (3.0 cr)
HIST 5910 - Topics in U.S. History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 5960 - Topics in History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 5993 - Directed Study (1.0-16.0 cr)
HIST 8920 - Topics in African History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8960 - Topics in History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8970 - Advanced Research in Quantitative History (3.0 cr)
HIST 8993 - Directed Study (1.0-16.0 cr)
HSCI 5211 - Biology and Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries [CIV] (3.0 cr)
PA 5790 - Topics in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (1.0-3.0 cr)
POL 8990 - Directed Readings and Research in Political Science (1.0-7.0 cr)
SOC 8090 - Topics in Sociology (1.5-3.0 cr)
SOC 8890 - Advanced Topics in Research Methods (2.0-3.0 cr)
STAT 5021 - Statistical Analysis (4.0 cr)
Thesis Credits
Take 24 doctoral thesis credits.
GEOG 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
 
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GEOG 8001 - Problems in Geographic Thought
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Currents of geographic thought in biophysical, GIS, human, cultural, and human-environment subfields. Focuses on concepts/paradigms through which geographers have attempted to unify/codify the discipline, around which debate has flourished, and about which interdisciplinary histories can be traced.
GEOG 8405 - Seminar: Graduate Student Professional Development
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Strategies for success in graduate program. Preparation for a career as a geographer. Completing/defending the dissertation. Publishing, job search, tenure process, oral presentations, non-academic career paths. prereq: Geography grad student
GEOG 8302 - Research Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students in geography and related social sciences are guided in key steps to effective research proposal writing. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8101 - Proseminar: Nature and Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Interconnectedness of environment and people, nature and society. Conceptual literature and empirical studies in human/cultural/political ecology. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8102 - Proseminar: The State, the Economy, and Spatial Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to research in economic, political, and urban geography: conceptual research addressing interrelationship between political and economic processes and spatial dynamics of urban and regional development; empirical research documenting nature and extent of this interrelationship at different spatial scales. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8103 - Proseminar: Physical Geography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical development of research in physical geography, current research trends, and transfer of current research to undergraduate education. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8105 - Proseminar: Historical Geography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to conceptual research and empirical studies. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8106 - Seminar: Social and Cultural Geography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Role of space and place in constitution of social and cultural life, social relations, and social identities; class, space, and place; geography of race and racism; environmental racism; geography of gender and sexuality; nationalism, national identity, and territory. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8107 - Geographic Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis of organization and presentation of geographic research. Critiques of selected examples of geographic writing. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8200 - Seminar: Urban Geography
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Contemporary research. Topics vary with the interests of faculty.
GEOG 8201 - Explorations in the Geography of Minnesota
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Physical environment, agriculture, forestry, mining, land survey, population, recreation, cities/towns, transportation. Sources of information about the state. Students make short oral/written reports. Might provide springboard for a Plan B paper, thesis, or dissertation. Two or three Saturday field trips. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8211 - Federal Policy Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
U.S. environmental policies at federal/state level. Policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. This seminar provides students with the necessary information to carry out independent research into public policy and will add unfamiliar sources to their research bibliographies. Descriptive and analytical rather than theoretical, and illustrative rather than comprehensive, it gives both social scientists and biophysical scientists additional perspective to their personal research and adds an important dimension to their analysis. It will allow them to find, describe, critically review, and communicate those aspects of federal policy of concern. Students are encouraged to choose areas of policy coinciding with their areas of research. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8212 - Africa
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Advanced topics. Topics vary with interests of faculty offering course. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8213 - East Asia and China
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Contemporary research, advanced topics. Topics vary with interests of faculty offering course. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8214 - South Asia
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Advanced topics. Topics vary with interests of faculty offering course.
GEOG 8220 - Agrarian Change and Rural Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Contours of agricultural/rural development in Third World. Theories of agrarian transformation and of rural development. Role of agriculture in economic development. Peasant economy. Nature/role of state intervention in rural sector.
GEOG 8230 - Theoretical Geography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Advanced topics. Topics vary with interests of faculty offering course. Contemporary theoretical/philosophical themes transcending subdisciplines of human/physical geography. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8240 - Medical Geography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Geographic inquiry concerning selected problems of health and health care. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8260 - Seminar: Physical Geography
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics of contemporary research. Topics vary with interests of faculty offering course.
GEOG 8270 - Seminar: Climatology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Sample topics: climate modeling; climatic variability; climate change and predictability; severe local storms; drought; energy balance; urban climate; statistical climatology. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8280 - Biogeography
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Forest dynamics, dendrochronology, tree rings and climate, environmental disturbance, paleobiogeography, field/lab methods in biogeography. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8290 - Seminar in GIS and Cartography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected concepts/methods. Topics, which vary yearly, include spatial analysis methods in GIS; advanced visualization methods; data quality and error propagation in GIS; generalization methods in GIS and cartography; role of time in GIS; interactive/animated cartography; incorporation of uncertainty. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8291 - Seminar in GIS, Technology, and Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Relationships between practice of GIS and political, economic, legal, institutional structures of society. Effects of GIS on society. Nontraditional spaces in GIS. GIS and local decision making. Privacy issues. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8292 - Seminar in GIS: Spatial Analysis and Modeling
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis/modeling of human/environmental systems. Spatial statistics, modeling spatiotemporal processes, simulation techniques, visualization, complex systems/complexity. Guidance in thesis/dissertation research. prereq: 3511 [or equiv statistics course], [3561 or 5561 or equiv intro GIS course] or instr consent
GEOG 8293 - CyberGIS
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Just as physical infrastructure provides services such as electricity, plumbing, and road networks to communities across the world, cyberinfrastructure has emerged to provide computational services and capabilities to scientific communities. Cyberinfrastructure integrates high-performance computing, digital sensors, virtual organizations, and software tools and services to facilitate computationally-intensive and collaborative scientific research. CyberGIS, broadly defined as cyberinfrastructure-based geographic information systems, integrates cyberinfrastructure, geographic information systems (GIS), and spatial analysis to enable collaborative geographic problem solving. This course will delve into advanced topics within the context of cyberGIS and related technologies. Particular emphasis will be placed on raster data processing including a broad introduction to raster data, cartographic modeling, and raster data manipulation. We will situate raster data processing in the broader context of geographic information science and cyberGIS focusing on the how synthesizing computational thinking and spatial thinking influence methodological approaches. Students will be expected to draw on their own experiences and backgrounds to enhance discussions, labs, and research projects. Students will gain hands-on experience developing methods to analyze and manipulate raster data.
GEOG 8294 - Spatiotemporal Modeling and Simulation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Many geographic, societal, and environmental phenomena as well as biological and ecological systems involve dynamic processes that are changing in space and time. Examples include hurricanes, animal migrations, spread of diseases, human mobility and population dynamics. Movement is a key to understanding the underlying mechanisms of these dynamic processes. Today, the availability of an unprecedented amount of movement observations at ne spatial and temporal granularities has resulted in substantial advances in GISciences approaches for the analysis, modeling, and simulation of movement and its patterns. Spatiotemporal models and simulation techniques are often used to analyze and better understand the patterns of spatiotemporal processes, and to assess their behavioral responses in varying environmental conditions. This seminar introduces students to the concepts of spatiotemporal processes and patterns. We review existing methods for modeling and simulation of spatiotemporal phenomena, especially movement. Students will develop computational skills to model a phenomena of their choice and create simulations.
GEOG 8301 - Advanced Qualitative Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Techniques available to scholars who use qualitative methods. Participant observation. Formal/informal interviews: life/oral histories, focus interviews. Documentary and material culture analysis. Practical experience, theoretical/ethical questions.
GEOG 8302 - Research Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students in geography and related social sciences are guided in key steps to effective research proposal writing. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8336 - Development Theory and the State
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Why certain interventionist states in third world countries have been able to guide their economies to overcome legacy of underdevelopment while most have failed to induce development. Internal/external conditions that facilitated such departure from underdevelopment. Comparative national/provincial case studies: Taiwan, South Korea, Botswana, Brazil, India. Applying theoretical approaches to policy issues.
GEOG 8350 - Seminar: World Population
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Contemporary research in world population development and problems. Topics vary with interests of faculty offering course. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8405 - Seminar: Graduate Student Professional Development
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Strategies for success in graduate program. Preparation for a career as a geographer. Completing/defending the dissertation. Publishing, job search, tenure process, oral presentations, non-academic career paths. prereq: Geography grad student
GEOG 8420 - Teaching Practicum
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Teaching methodologies, learning objectives, course content, classroom techniques, student/course evaluation. Specific application to instruction in Geography. prereq: [Geog or MGIS] grad student or instr consent
GEOG 8800 - Seminar: Development of Geographic Thought
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics vary with interests of faculty offering course. prereq: instr consent
GEOG 8970 - Directed Readings
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
tbd prereq: dept consent
GEOG 8980 - Topics: Geography
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 30.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seminar offered by visiting or regular faculty. Topics vary with interests of faculty. prereq: instr consent
AMST 8920 - Topics in American Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ANTH 8203 - Research Methods in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Classic and current issues in research methodology, including positivist, interpretivist, feminist, and postmodernist frameworks. Methodology, in the broadest sense of the concept, is evaluated. Students conduct three research exercises and set up an ethnographic research project. prereq: Grad anth major or instr consent
ANTH 8810 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seminar examines particular aspects of method and/or theory. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests.
DSSC 8111 - Approaches to Knowledge and Truth: Ways of Knowing in Development Studies and Social Change
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Grad DSSC minor or #
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Approaches practiced by physical, biological, social science, and humanities scholars. "Ways of knowing" in different cultures/groups. Issues/methodological challenges facing interdisciplinary/international studies. Taught by faculty from biological, social sciences, and humanities. prereq: Grad DSSC minor or instr consent
DSSC 8112 - Scholarship and Public Responsibility
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Seminar. Concerns/themes relevant to public engagement in academic work. Diverse practices of reading, writing, and pedagogy. Privileged locations of knowledge. Tactics of civil society organizing. Politics of collaborative work. prereq: Grad DSSC minor or instr consent
DSSC 8211 - Doctoral Research Workshop in Development Studies and Social Change
Credits: 3.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Interdisciplinary workshop to assist doctoral students in writing successful research and grant proposals to support their dissertation research on themes related to global social change. Enables students to develop interdisciplinary peer review and feedback skills and consider ethical and practical issues global south research. prereq: Grad DSSC minor or instr consent
DSSC 8310 - Topics in Development Studies and Social Change
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seven-week to full semester seminar. Topical issues in development and social change.
ESCI 5980 - Seminar: Current Topics in Earth Sciences
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics in earth sciences investigated in a seminar format.
FNRM 5131 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: FNRM 3131/FNRM 5131/FR 3131/
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Geographic information systems (GIS), focusing on spatial data development and analysis in the science and management of natural resources. Basic data structures, sources, collection, and quality; geodesy and map projections; spatial and tabular data analyses; digital elevation data and terrain analyses; cartographic modeling and layout. Lab exercises provide practical experiences complementing theory covered in lecture. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
GIS 5555 - Basic Spatial Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to use spatial data to answer questions on a wide array of social, natural, and information science issues. Exploratory data analysis/visualization. Spatial autocorrelation analysis/regression. prereq: [STAT 3001 or equiv, MGIS student] or instr consent
GIS 5571 - ArcGIS I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
First of a two-course series focusing on ArcGIS Desktop. Overview of ArcGIS system and its use for spatial data processing. Data capture, editing, geometric transformations, map projections, topology, Python scripting, and map production. prereq: [GEOG 5561 or equiv, status in MGIS program, familiarity with computer operating systems] or instr consent
GIS 5572 - ArcGIS II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continues GIS 5571. Raster analysis, dynamic segmentation, geometric networks, geocoding, Python scripting, and data interoperability. Substantial projects include map and poster design and production. prereq: [5571, [GEOG 5561 or equiv], in MGIS program] or instr consent
GIS 5574 - Web GIS and Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Plan, design, develop, publish web-based GIS solution. Build websites, prepare data for web. Commercial software, Open Source software, volunteer geographic information, open GIS standards/developing web GIS application. Hands-on experience with variety of web GIS technologies/software. prereq: [GEOG 5561 or equiv, in MGIS program] or instr consent
GIS 5577 - Spatial Database Design and Administration
Credits: 3.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Spatial database design, development planning/management, maintenance, security, access/distribution, and documentation. prereq: instr consent
GIS 5590 - Special Topics in GIS
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics vary according to curricular needs, technological developments in field.
GLOS 5900 - Topics in Global Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Proseminar. Selected issues in global studies. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
GRAD 5105 - Practicum in University Teaching for Nonnative English Speakers
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory, advanced practice in teaching in higher education for nonnative speakers of English. Emphasizes interactive teaching strategies, awareness of cross-cultural classroom issues,oral classroom presentation skills, and legal/policy issues. prereq: 5102 or English Language Proficiency Rating of 2; Contact instructor for permission number.
GRAD 8101 - Teaching in Higher Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Teaching methods/techniques. Active learning, critical thinking, practice teaching, and preparing a portfolio to document/reflect upon teaching. Readings, discussion, peer teaching, e-mail dialog, reflective writing, co-facilitation of course. prereq: Non-Degree Students: contact pffcollege consentumn.edu with questions about registration. If adding a section after first class meeting, contact your instructor as soon as you enroll.
GRAD 8200 - Teaching and Learning Topics in Higher Education
Credits: 1.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Create course materials for context/discipline. Assess student learning. Write action plan. Topics may include active learning in sciences, teaching with technology, multicultural education, teaching in clinical settings, learning-community course design.
GRAD 8401 - Dissertation Proposal Development Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This seminar is the culminating component of intensive work on dissertation proposal development. The program involves a five-day spring workshop, independent summer research, a five-day fall workshop, and opportunities for on-going interactions with the cohort and with faculty instructors. The work is designed to help participants develop cogent and fundable dissertation research proposals. The main goal of the spring workshop is to help clarify students? research questions and scope as well as to better prepare them for a productive predissertation summer research experience. The fall workshop is intended to help students build on their spring workshop efforts and summer research experiences to prepare full dissertation research proposals. These proposals are intended to serve as the foundation for department prospectus requirements and for internal and external dissertation research and completion grants. All components of the program are required though registration is only for the fall seminar. Admission will be based on application in the prior year and requires a commitment to participate in all components of the program. A grade of Satisfactory will be based on attendance at and satisfactory performance in all of the spring and fall workshops, demonstrated completion of independent research over the summer, and the submission of a dissertation research proposal as part of the fall workshop. Students must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program, must be pre-ABD (may not have passed the prelim oral exam), and have advisor approval. prereq: PhD student who has not passed prelim oral exams
GWSS 8108 - Genealogies of Feminist Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Two-semester seminar. First term: debates in gender theory; intersections of gender theory with critical race theory, post-colonial theory, sexuality theory, social class analysis. Second term: inter-/multi-disciplinary feminist research methodologies from humanities/social sciences. prereq: Feminist studies PhD or grad minor student or instr consent
GWSS 8210 - Seminar: Feminist Theory & Praxis
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics in feminist theory.
GWSS 8220 - Seminar: Science, Technology & Environmental Justice
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Topics related to science, technology, environmental justice.
GWSS 8260 - Seminar: Race, Representation and Resistance
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Race, racialization, racial justice as related to representation/struggles for social/economic justice. Intersectional analysis of power, politics, ideology/identity. Queer of color critique, women of color feminisms, critical sex/body positive approaches. prereq: Grad student
GWSS 8270 - Seminar: Theories of Body
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
How body is configured in many social arenas. Legal decisions, public policy, medical research, cultural customs. Examine how attitudes toward male/female bodies influence social myths/discourses about social policy/change.
GWSS 8490 - Seminar: Transnational, Postcolonial, Diaspora
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Graduate topics in comparative/global studies.
HIST 5910 - Topics in U.S. History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected topics in U.S. history not covered in regular courses. Taught as staffing permits. prereq: Grad or advanced undergrad student with instr consent
HIST 5960 - Topics in History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected topics in history not covered in regular courses. Taught as staffing permits. prereq: [advanced undergrad with instr consent]
HIST 5993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -16.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq [Grad student or sr], instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
HIST 8920 - Topics in African History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8960 - Topics in History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8970 - Advanced Research in Quantitative History
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students carry out publishable-quality research on quantitative history topic. prereq: Grad student
HIST 8993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -16.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work on tutorial basis. Guided individual reading or study. prereq: Grad student, instr consent
HSCI 5211 - Biology and Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3211/5211
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Changing conceptions of life and aims and methods of biology; changing relationships between biology and the physical and social sciences; broader intellectual and cultural dimensions of developments in biology.
PA 5790 - Topics in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected topics.
POL 8990 - Directed Readings and Research in Political Science
Credits: 1.0 -7.0 [max 7.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
TBD prereq: 16 cr 8xxx pol sci courses, instr consent, dept consent
SOC 8090 - Topics in Sociology
Credits: 1.5 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: instr consent
SOC 8890 - Advanced Topics in Research Methods
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced Research Methods (e.g., multilevel models), historical/comparative, field, survey research. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 8801, 8811, or instr consent. Cr will not be granted if cr has been received for the same topics title
STAT 5021 - Statistical Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intensive introduction to statistical methods for graduate students needing statistics as a research technique. prereq: college algebra or instr consent; credit will not be granted if credit has been received for STAT 3011
GEOG 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required