PhD Curriculum

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  • Courses in the Ph.D. Program

    The Engaged Intellectual: An Introduction to Research and Academic Work (INST 800. 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.

    Doctoral Seminar (INST 888. 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.

    Individual Research Experience (INST 810. 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.

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  • 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 I:

     

    (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 I:

     

    (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 II:

     

    (INST 810) Individual 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 II:

     

    (INST 898) Pre-Candidacy Research

    3 credit hours

    INTEGRATIVE PAPER & ADVANCE TO CANDIDACY

     

     

     

    Fall Semester, Year III:

     

    (INST 899) Doctoral Dissertation Research

    6 credit hours

     

     

     

    Spring Semester, Year III:

     

    (INST 899) Doctoral Dissertation Research

    6 credit hours

    DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE

     

     

     

    Fall Semester, Year IV:

     

    (INST 899) Doctoral Dissertation Research

    6 credit hours

     

     

     

    Spring Semester, Year IV:

     

    (INST 899) Doctoral Dissertation Research

    6 credit hours

    DISSERTATION DEFENSE

     

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