Geography Graduate Minor

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A minor is a formal credential that appears on a graduate student’s transcript. The Geography Graduate Minor is for Penn State graduate students enrolled in programs other than Geography. For example, PhD students in Communications Arts and Sciences may seek to earn a Geography Minor, and both credentials would be reflected on the student’s final Penn State transcript and diploma. The requirements for award of a Geography Graduate Minor are:

PhD, 15 credits total:

  • 6 credits: two 500-level Geography seminars
  • 9 credits: Geography courses at 400, 500, and 800 levels, with no more than six credits at the 400 level and no more than six credits of GEOG 596 (independent study)
  • At least one tenured/tenure-track Geography faculty member must be on the candidate’s doctoral committee

Master’s, 9 credits total:

  • 6 credits: two 500-level Geography seminars
  • 3 credits: One Geography course at 400, 500, or 800 level