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Graduate Catalog 2012-13


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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Geography


Burrell Montz, Chair, A-227 Brewster Building
Paul Gares, Director of Graduate Studies, A-224 Brewster Building

Students wishing to pursue the MA in geography must present three letters of recommendation and meet the admission standards of the Graduate School.

MA in Geography

The master of arts in the geography thesis option requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of 5000- and 6000-level courses, with 18 s.h. at the 6000 level. The non-thesis/internship option requires 36 s.h., with 21 s.h. at the 6000 level. The master of arts in geography with a planning concentration offers only the non thesis/internship option and requires a minimum of 36 s.h. at the 5000 and 6000 levels with a minimum of 21 s.h. at the 6000 level.

  1. Core courses: GEOG 6100, 6110 - 6 s.h.
  2. Research skills course - 3 s.h.
    Choose a research skills/methods course related to the area of specialty and intended research: ANTH 5015; GEOG 6150, 6160; HIST 5960; or other course selected in consultation with advisor.
  3. Concentration (Choose one area.) - 6-15 s.h.
    Geography (6-15 s.h.):
    Thesis option: Choose a minimum of 6 s.h. electives at the 5000 and 6000 levels in the major field areas (physical, human, techniques). Students are encouraged to take at least one course outside their selected major area of study. Courses in other departments may be selected in consultation with student’s advisor.
    Non-thesis/Internship option: Choose 12-15 s.h. electives at the 5000 and 6000 levels in the major field areas (physical, human, techniques). Students are encouraged to take at least one course outside their selected major area of study. Courses in other departments may be selected in consultation with student’s advisor.
    Planning (15 s.h.):
    Choose two (6 s.h.) from the following: PLAN 6000, 6010, 6020
    Choose one (3 s.h.) from the following: PLAN 6018, 6028, 6038
    Choose 6 s.h. PLAN electives at the 5000 and 6000 levels
    Rural development (12-15 s.h.):
    GEOG 6350, 6355
    Choose a minimum of 6-9 s.h. of 5000- and 6000-level courses in geography and other departments in an area of specialization
  4. Electives - 9 s.h.
    Choose a minimum of 9 s.h. electives at the 5000 or 6000 level in the area of specialization (human, physical, techniques).
  5. Thesis or non-thesis/internship option - 3-6 s.h.
    Geography (3-6 s.h.):
    Thesis option: GEOG 7000 (3-6 s.h.) Students must pass the thesis defense.
    Non-thesis/internship option: GEOG 6801, 6802, and/or 6803. Students must complete internship for minimum of 3 s.h. or maximum of 6 s.h. Student must present professional report and pass report defense.
    Planning (3 s.h.):
    Non-thesis/Internship option: Choose one (3 s.h.) from the following: GEOG 6801, 6802, 6803. Student must present professional report and pass report defense.
    Rural development (3-6 s.h.):
    Thesis option: GEOG 7000 (3 s.h.) Students must pass the thesis defense.
    Non-thesis/internship option: GEOG 6801, 6802, and/or 6803. Students must complete internship for minimum of 3 s.h. or maximum of 6 s.h., present professional report, and pass report defense.

Certificate in Economic Development

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The interdisciplinary graduate certificate in economic development provides students with opportunities to develop analytical, theoretical, and practical skills for both public and private sector careers in regional, economic, and community development. The certificate is open to students enrolled in graduate degree programs as well as nondegree applicants who have earned baccalaureate degrees. For those who complete the certificate as nondegree students, a maximum of 9 s.h. may be used in a subsequent degree program. Some degree programs will permit fewer. The program offers a flexible design to provide students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds with the opportunity to acquire a foundation in regional, economic, and community development while specializing in their respective areas of interest.

The program requires completion of 15 s.h. as follows:
Choose three of the five following core courses (9 s.h.): ECON 5150; GEOG 6350; GEOG 6355; PADM 6123; SOCI 6400.
Choose two elective courses (6 s.h.) in consultation with the certificate coordinator(s). Students are encouraged to choose an elective in an area of specialization. A list of appropriate electives is available from the certificate coordinator(s).
For further information, please contact the certificate coordinator.

Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology

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The graduate certificate in geographic information science and technology (GIST) provides students with opportunities to develop analytical, theoretical, and practical skills for both public and private sector careers. The certificate is open to students enrolled in graduate degree programs, as well as nondegree applicants who have earned baccalaureate degrees in GIST related fields. For those who complete the certificate as nondegree students, a maximum of 9 s.h. may be used in a subsequent degree program. Some degree programs will permit fewer. Students with limited undergraduate training in GIST are encouraged to consult with the certificate coordinator before enrollment.

The program requires completion of 12 s.h. as follows:
Core courses (9 s.h.) as follows: GEOG 6410, 6420, 6430.
Choose one of the following elective courses (3 s.h): GEOG 6150 or 6400 or 6440, or 6460.
For further information please contact the certificate coordinator.

MBA with Development and Environmental Planning Certificate

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MBA students interested in pursuing the MBA with the development and environmental planning certificate must choose PLAN 6301, 6305 and two from the following: PLAN 6000, 6009, 6010, 6019, 6020, 6029 as electives in the MBA program. A certificate of completion will be issued by the Department of Geography.

MPA with Planning Concentration

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For the requirements of the master of public administration with a planning concentration, see the Department of Political Science.

MS in Industrial Technology With Environmental Planning and Development Concentration

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For the requirements of the master of science in technology systems with an environmental planning and development concentration, see MS in technology systems in the College of Technology and Computer Science portion of Section 7.