Our graduate courses are designed so that you may develop a general background in geographic theory, substantial depth in your areas of research specialization, and the technical and methodological skills necessary for research. A major portion of graduate coursework consists of seminars and individual research courses in which our students work closely with faculty members.
Our graduate program also includes a set of four core courses which students are generally required to complete in the early stages of their program.
- "Research Problems in Geography I" (G500) introduces you to the history of the discipline, to the problems of carrying out research, and requires that students identify their own research area.
- The second course in the core program, "Research Problems in Geography II" (G501), requires you to prepare a research proposal for advanced study.
- The final courses in the core program are two of three methods courses. These courses include:
- "Applied Spatial Statistics" (G588)
- “Qualitative Methods in Geography" (G576)
- “Geographic Information Systems” (G538) or “Environmental Remote Sensing” (G535)
Also, Ph.D. students in Geography at IU are required to acquire expertise in a minor field outside of the department.