Brief Update

I learned that I won’t be able to change to a reduced schedule at work until the upcoming Fall 2012 semester.  Yes, I’m a little disappointed, but I’ll take advantage of the shift in schedule to use that time to write my dissertation.  I’m hoping that next semester will be my last coursework semester and I’ll be able to transition quickly into the third phase (dissertation) of the program.

So because of the delayed implementation of a reduced work schedule, my academic schedule has changed once again … instead of taking four courses this semester, I’m taking only three.  I dropped PUBP 713 in favor of keeping the other three courses.  I’ll pick up another methods course next semester.

That’s all for now!

Semester Schedule

I had posted previously about the courses I would be taking this semester, but I’ve made some changes. I moved from the 700 level GIS course to an 800 level one. This was a pretty minor adjustment as they both meet on the same day, just at different times. I also picked up GOVT 739, which meets in Fairfax instead of Arlington. Adding this course made it necessary for me to switch PUBP 713 sections – a minor inconvenience. So here’s what my course load looks like for the Spring 2012 Semester:

PUBP 833 – Applied Spatial Analysis
PUBP 713 – Policy and Program Evaluation
PUBP 710 – Science and Technology for Public Policy
GOVT 739 – Nonproliferation and Arms Control

Core Requirements Complete!

After three semesters of full-time study, I’ve now completed all the core course requirements for the PhD program – woohoo! Although I feel a sense of both relief and accomplishment, I won’t have much time to relax. The comprehensive qualifying exam is next – and is actually just around the corner. We receive our reading packets on January 5th, and a mere 2 weeks from today, I’ll be sitting in Arlington for the in-class portion of the exam. By the following Monday evening, another milestone will be in the books and I’ll be able to focus on my fourth semester.

Speaking of my fourth semester, I’ll be changing focus from the core course requirements to courses that support my fields. I know I’ve been wavering back and forth between information technology policy and nuclear policy, but this is the point in the movie when things get serious and I need to choose. So I will be focusing my research on nuclear policy. I do enjoy the idea of information technology policy, but I’m definitely much more passionate about nuclear policy. I’ve chosen a chair for my committee, and the search is now on for two more members.

As for the academics, what’s in store for the upcoming semester?
PUBP 754 – GIS and Spatial Analysis for Public Policy
PUBP 710 – Science and Technology for Public Policy
PUBP 713 – Policy and Program Evaluation

This is the schedule so far. I am considering GOVT 739 – Nonproliferation and Arms Control. If I do pick up this course, it will affect the courses above, but I’m not sure how just yet. At this point, I’m just considering the course and will be able to focus more on whether it will be a part of my schedule after I’ve completed the comprehensive qualifying exam.

Well, that’s it for now …