PhD Curriculum

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Ph.D. Curriculum

Enrolled Students: be sure to consult the Policies, Forms, & Handbooks for Graduate Students.

Courses in the Ph.D. Program

INST 800 - The Engaged Intellectual: An Introduction to Research and Academic Work (3 credit hours)

This course explores a series of issues that confront academics who work in research universities. The course is an “Introduction to Research,” but the process of research is more than a recipe of rote analytical procedures. The course examines academic life with a particular focus on what it means to undertake research, teaching, and service. By the conclusion of the course, students will have a better understanding of what tenure-track faculty do and how they work in academia and of how they intend to structure their own professional careers.

INST 888 - Doctoral Seminar (6 credit hours)

The course is offered in two semesters, covering the main areas of the Information Studies field: information, people, environments, and systems. These doctoral gateway seminars provide an integrative exploration of the field emphasizing connections among ideas and research across elements of the field. Specific topics and readings to be covered will be determined by individual instructors.

INST 810 - Individual Research Experience (3 credit hours)

This is an independent study course for a student to develop and implement a research project with an iSchool faculty mentor. A student reports research results in a paper and an oral presentation at the end of the semester.

Sample Schedule

Below is a sample schedule for Ph.D. students. This is meant purely as an example and is not a replacement for advising. Students must work closely with their advisors to develop a course program that best addresses their needs and interests.

Fall Semester, Year 1
INST 888 - Doctoral Seminar I 3 credit hours
INST 800 - The Engaged Intellectual: An Introduction to Research and Academic Work 3 credit hours
Relevant graduate course for specialized area 3 credit hours
Basic statistics course (if not taken previously as a graduate course) 3 credit hours
Spring Semester, Year 1
INST 888 - Doctoral Seminar II 3 credit hours
Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods course 3 credit hours
Relevant graduate course for specialized area 3 credit hours
FIRST YEAR REVIEW
Fall Semester, Year 2
INST 810 - Individualized Research Experience 3 credit hours
Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods course 3 credit hours
Relevant graduate course for specialized area 3 credit hours
Spring Semester, Year 2
INST 898 - Pre-Candidacy Research 6 credit hours
INTEGRATIVE PAPER & ADVANCE TO CANDIDACY
Fall Semester, Year 3
INST 899 - Doctoral Dissertation Research 6 credit hours
Spring Semester, Year 3
INST 899 - Doctoral Dissertation Research 6 credit hours
DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE
Fall Semester, Year 4
INST 899 - Doctoral Dissertation Research 6 credit hours
Spring Semester, Year 4
INST 899 - Doctoral Dissertation Research 6 credit hours
DISSERTATION DEFENSE

Course Descriptions & Syllabi

View the full iSchool graduate course catalog for detailed course descriptions, course and section numbers, instructors, and syllabi.

iSchool Graduate Course Catalog

The iSchool two-year graduate course plan indicates which INST, INFM, and LBSC courses the iSchool intends to offer over the next 2 years. We have developed this document with our best projections, but it is subject to change based on professor availability, registration counts, and unforeseen issues.

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