Many, if not all, Ph.D. programs offered at IU has two refreshing requirements: doctoral minor and “Pedagogy and Professionalism” course. To be honest, I find each requirement quite useful, rewarding and unique, specially if your degree is on an highly interdisciplinary field.
For instance, I am a Computer Science PhD student, and my Bioinformatics minor enables me to gain additional expertise on a relevant area to my research interests. Complementary to the doctoral minor, we have the Pedagogy and Professionalism course requirement which provides doctoral students with an overview of teaching philosophies, teaching portfolios and other teaching resources. This is a great opportunity to get formal training in college-level teaching. Therefore, the doctoral minor and pedagogy and professionalism course requirements give an edge to our graduates which might prove to be the difference in the current job market.