M.A. in Geography without option (General Geography)

Degree Orientation

The M.A. degree in General Geography is most appropriate for students whose work is focused on training and research (if appropriate to the track followed) in the systematic areas of human geography (i.e., oriented more towards the social sciences and humanities).

Required Core Courses

(minimum 14 credits)

GPHY 500-R Geography Graduate Colloquium (all students must register for colloquium each fall they are in residence).
GPHY 504-1* Introduction to Geographical Research
GPHY 505-2* Research Design
GPHY 520-3 Seminar in Geographical Thought

Methods-3*: A methods/techniques course based on the student’s research interests, such as field methods (e.g., GPHY 385), quantitative methods (e.g., STAT 451 or STAT 452, GPHY 482, or SOCI 563), qualitative methods (e.g., SOCI 561, EVST 555, etc.), historical methods, survey methods (e.g., ECNS 486), GIS courses in Geography, advanced computer methods, etc. The intent of the methods requirement is to provide students with a solid background in methodologies used for M.A. thesis research.

*Students completing the non-thesis (portfolio) track are encouraged to complete both Gphy 504 and 505 and an appropriate methods course pertaining to their professional interests in order to receive training appropriate to the master’s degree.

Seminar: One seminar in Geography or closely allied field (minimum of 3 credits), in addition to GPHY 520, is required of all M.A. General Geography students – the seminar content should be relevant to the student’s research interests.

Track

GPHY 500(2)

GPHY 504(1)

GPHY 505(2)

GPHY 520(3)

Methods(3+)

Add’l Seminar

Thesis

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X

Prof. Paper

X

X

X

X

X

 

Non Thesis*

X

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(X) = recommended

Electives

(minimum 16 credits)

In consultation with the advisor, students in the Geography M.A. without option should select upper-division UG or graduate-level courses from the following:

  • Regional Geography Courses
  • Geographic Methods Courses
  • Systematic Geography Courses from the fields of Geography and Society, Physical Geography, and Human-Environment Interaction
  • Other Courses from Allied Disciplines