Collaborative Specialization

Collaborative specializations allow you to focus your degree by engaging in cooperative research between several units within the University of Toronto. Collaborative degree programs give students the ability to explore interdisciplinary and specialized relationships across different disciplines that complement their degree program.

All degree requirements must be completed for both the degree program and the collaborative program. When all collaborative components are completed students will receive an annotation on their transcript indicating the collaborative nature of their degree.

Students indicate their interest in enrolling in collaborative studies on their application for graduate studies, although many collaborative programs also require a separate application. Please consult collaborative program’s website for details.

Environmental Studies

Offered through the School for the Environment, students can pursue coursework and research in environmental areas to complement their geography research. The school offers comprehensive graduate resources with a cross-disciplinary team of professors from humanities, social sciences, engineering, biology and chemistry. Students can focus on specialized areas within environmental research and gain exposure to broad methodological disciplines used to explore environmental issues. Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Environment and Health 

Offered through the school for the Environment, students pursue coursework and research examining the health implications of human impacts on the environment including issues relating to air and water quality, contaminated land, distribution of vector-borne diseases. This program is of use to geography students who may be interested in health sciences, environmental quality, or sociological and policy approaches to environment and health. Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Health” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Aboriginal Health

Offered through the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, this program provides graduates with training in Aboriginal health research and practice, to enhance mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations. This collaboration is useful to geography students who wish to conduct research focused on Aboriginal issues. Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Aboriginal Health” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies

Offered through the Munk School of Global Affairs, students in this collaboration explore political economy, modern and contemporary social history and culture, international relations, gender, political and social change and economic development. This collaboration is useful for geography students who intend to take a specific geographic focus of East or Southeast Asia. Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Community Development

This collaboration brings together several disciplines to better understand the role of communities and civil society organizations in community development processes that operate across sectors, economic and social and physical health. It places a strong focus on education, planning, policy and political action/practice. Its focus is useful to geography students who wish to conduct research focused on community development at the neighbourhood or city scale. Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Community Development” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Diaspora and Transnationalism Studies

Diaspora emphasizes the shifting relations between homeland and host nations from the perspective of those who have (in)voluntarily moved. It examines the lived experiences of migrant communities that span local and nation-state boundaries. Transnationalism focuses on the flows that arise from connections between homeland and host nation to explore implications of the movement of people, goods, ideas and technologies and how they inform concepts of citizenship, multinational governance, and a global marketplace. This collaboration might be of interest to geography students interested in immigration and political geographies. Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Diaspora and Transnationalism Studies” noted on their transcripts.

Students who complete this specialization at the masters level are not eligible at the doctoral level.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Ethnic and Pluralism Studies

Offered through the Munk School of Global Affairs, students in this program explore topics such as ethnic and race relations, international migration and immigration, cultural and linguistic communities, inter-group dynamics, nationalist movements, aboriginal affairs, and human rights. This program is valuable for geography students interested in careers in academic research and teaching, policy research and professional practice.Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Global Health

Offered for doctoral students only, this program focuses on the local, regional, national and international forces and factors that impact global health and aims to provides students with tools to develop effective interventions and policies to address these issues. This might be of interest to geography students hoping to pursue global governance. Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Global Health” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Jewish Studies

This program seeks to provide well-rounded training in Jewish Studies. It grounds students in specialized studies (i.e. modern Jewish philosophy, Second Temple literature, medieval Jewish history) by exploring the existing theoretical frameworks and bodies of knowledge of that specialization, while also exploring the greater breadth of Jewish civilization. The program involves the study of texts (biblical, rabbinic, philosophical, theological, literature, etc.), contexts (historical, social, political, etc.) and the study of concepts (creation, covenant, Messianism, etc.). Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Jewish Studies” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Sexual Diversity Studies

This collaboration explores how sexuality is understood and represented in cultural, political, legal, social and religious contexts. It may be of interest to geography students pursuing research exploring relationships between geography and cultural, social, political representations of sexuality, or those approaching their research with a lens of critical feminism and/or queer theory. Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Diaspora and Sexual Diversity Studies” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

South Asian Studies

Offered through the Centre for South Asian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, this program allows students to explore modern history, social change, economic development, contemporary politics, religious tradition, literary culture, and related topics. This collaboration is useful for geography students who intend to take a specific geographic focus of South Asia. Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in South Asian Studies” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for this collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Women and Gender Studies

This program provides context surrounding women and gender studies research and feminist scholarship to facilitate and disseminate research. It will be of interest to geography students looking to pursue research according to a critical feminist lens. Students who complete this collaborative specialization will have the annotation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies” noted on their transcripts.

Requirements for the collaborative specialization are outlined by the School of Graduate Studies.

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