GES 601 is a one (1) credit hour course that provides an overview of major research trends in geography, particularly as they relate to the graduate program and faculty in the department. As an entry point into the graduate program, its purpose is to help transition you from being primarily a user of geographical knowledge to someone who is situated to contribute professionally to the knowledge base of the discipline. It consists of field trips to orient you to the region and to faculty research, conference attendance requirements, and colloquium and lecture attendance/participation. All MA students must take this course as a requirement of the MA degree; this should occur the first Fall semester in which they are enrolled. Doctoral students are encouraged to take this course during their first Fall semester as well to become acquainted with the region and faculty.