All School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering doctoral students are required to complete either a minor within the school or an approved minor outside the school. Internal and external minors should be appropriate to the student's research as determined by the student's advisory committee.
Informatics, Computing, Engineering, and Information Science Minors
The School offers the minors listed below. Please refer to the University Graduate School Bulletin 2016-2017 regarding the requirements.
Ph.D. Minor in Bioinformatics (12cr.) (External and Internal Minor)
The core curriculum consists of graduate level courses in informatics. Students may select electives based on personal interests from a broad list of courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, information science, and medical and molecular genetics. The graduate bioinformatics courses in the School of Informatics and Computing assume a minimal knowledge of cell and molecular biology. That level of understanding could be gained with at least six (6) undergraduate credit hours in molecular biology, genetics, or evolution. However, undergraduate credits do not count towards a Ph.D. degree unless specifically listed in the University Graduate Bulletin without the notation "Not for graduate credit." For information about the Bioinformatics minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office.
NOTE: Undergraduate credits do not count towards a Ph.D. degree unless specifically listed in the University Graduate Bulletin as a course that may be taken for graduate credit. Before enrolling in an undergraduate course, please consult the Informatics Graduate Studies office.
Ph.D. Minor in Complex Networks & Systems (9 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)
A minor in Complex Systems requires nine credit hours. Both I-609 and I-709 are required. The student may choose among the following courses to obtain the degree:
- INFO-I 609 Advanced Ph.D. Seminar in Complex Systems (3 cr.) (Required)
- INFO-I 709 Advanced Ph.D. Seminar in Complex Systems II (3 cr.) (Required)
- INFO-I 585 Biologically inspired Computing (3 cr.)
- INFO-I 586 Artificial Life as an Approach to Artificial Intelligence (3 cr.)
- INFO-I 601 Introduction to Complex Systems (3 cr.)
- INFO-I 690 Mathematical Methods for Complex Systems (3 cr.)
In consultation with both Complex Systems Track Director and the student's advisor, additional classes can be counted toward the degree. For information about the Complex Systems minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office.
Ph.D. Minor in Computer Science
For information about the Computer Science minor, contact the Computer Science Graduate Studies Office.
Ph.D. Minor in Data Science (12 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)
For information about the Data Science minor, contact the Data Science Graduate Studies Office.
Ph.D. Minor in Human-Computer Interaction (12 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)
The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) minor requires 12 credit hours. Students must take at least one 3-credit hour introductory HCI graduate course from the following list:
- INFO-I 541 Interaction Design Practice (3 cr.)
- INFO I-542 Foundations of HCI (3 cr.)
- ILS-Z-515 Information Architecture (3 cr.)
Additionally, students must take nine (9) credits from outside of the student's home department. These nine credits may be taken from one or more departments, so long as they are not the student's home department.
The student's HCI advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies must approve all topical seminar classes. A minimum of B (3.0) is required in each course that is to count toward the minor. For information about the HCI Minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office.
Ph.D. Minor in Informatics (9 cr.) (External Minor for non-Informatics students only)
A minor in Informatics requires nine credit hours. The required nine credit hours refer to any three graduate courses suitable for the student's research, decided by the student's advisor (in the student's department) and the Informatics Director of Graduate Studies. Typically, these three graduate courses will include I-501 and two other approved Informatics courses available in the Informatics Ph.D. program. For information about the Informatics minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office.
Informatics (open to computer science students and students outside the school)
Ph.D. Minor in Information Science (12 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)
For information about the Information Science minor, contact the Information & Library Science Graduate Studies Office.
Ph.D. Minor in Music Informatics (9 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)
A minor in Music Informatics requires nine (9) credit hours, selected from among the following courses:
- INFO-I 545 Music Information, Search, and Retrieval (3 cr.)
- INFO I-546 Music Information Processing: Symbolic (3 cr.)
- INFO-I 547 Music Information Processing: Audio (3 cr.)
- INFO-I 548 Music Information Processing: Audio (3 cr.)
For more information about the Music Informatics Minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office.
Ph.D. Minor in Security Informatics (9 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)
A minor in Security Informatics required 9 credit hours, selected among the following courses:
- INFO-I 533 Protocol Analysis and Design (3 cr.)
- INFO-I 537 Social Information Security (3 cr.)
- INFO-I 599 Malware (3 cr.)
- INFO-I 536 Cryptography (3 cr.)
- INFO-I 525 Economics of Security (3 cr.)
In consultation with both the Security Informatics Track Director and advisor, CS-649 (Networking Security) and CS-649 (Trusted Computing) may be substituted for any two of the courses. For information about the Security Informatics minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office.
Security Informatics: see the Ph.D. in Informatics handbook (PDF)
Ph.D. Minor in Social Informatics (12 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)
For information about the Information & Library Science Social Informatics minor, contact the Information & Library Science Graduate Studies Office.
Ph.D. Individualized Minor (12 cr. or more in two or more programs) (External and Internal Minor administered by the University Graduate School)
The University Graduate School must approve an individualized minor, which the Bulletin does not specifically list, prior to enrolling in any courses that are to fulfill the individualized minor requirements.
The student must complete the Request for Individualized Minor form in one.iu.edu prior to taking any course. Then the University Graduate School must approve the individualized minor, the requirements (i.e. minimum accepted grades) and the examination procedure (if any). The name of the individualized minor cannot be a name of a minor that already exists.
NOTE: Upon approval of the Individualized Minor form, the student is eligible to take the approved courses. If a student wants to "substitute" a course with a non-approved course, the student will need to submit a substitution request prior to taking the course. Therefore, in the "Coursework used to satisfy the minor" section of the Request for Individualized Minor form, students should include additional possible courses to fulfill the individualized minor requirement.
The student needs to provide a rationale for taking the courses indicated. The courses should form a package leading to a goal relevant to the student's research.
Students must have the individualized approved by their advisor, the student's track director, the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies, and the University Graduate School prior to taking these classes.
Information and Library Science Minor
The Department of Information and Library Science welcomes doctoral students from all disciplines to consider a minor in information science. Areas of concentrated study include human-computer interaction, information visualization, information retrieval, scholarly communication, computer-mediated communication, information literacy, school media management, knowledge organization, social informatics. The ILS outside minor is offered in accordance with the regulations of the University Graduate School. Students take a minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit for the minor. Inquiries should be addressed to the Director of the ILS doctoral program.
Your twelve credit hours of coursework are selected with agreement of an ILS faculty member who also becomes the minor field representative on your doctoral advisory committee. The practice has been not to require a minor field written qualifying exam.
The Department of Information and Library Science is among the top-ranked graduate and professional programs in this field. The programs prepare professionals to evaluate, organize, search, and manage information effectively. ILS is the place where theory building meets systems building, where you can explore the social, cognitive, and technical forces which shape the ways in which information is created, managed, and used in contemporary life. Research opportunities for doctoral students are varied and challenging.
Our website offers information on our faculty's and our doctoral student research areas, as well as syllabi and projected course schedules:
Some appropriate external minors include biology, chemistry, physics, cognitive science, history and philosophy of science, information science, law, sociology, and learning sciences. In all cases, the number of hours to be included in the minor is consistent with the requirements of the unit granting the minor.