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Designated Emphasis

Graduate students may participate in a Designated Emphasis (DE), a specialization that might include a new method of inquiry or an important field of application which is related to two or more existing Ph.D. programs.

The curriculum of the designated emphasis is offered by a faculty organized in the manner of a graduate group. The Designated Emphasis is awarded in conjunction with the Ph.D. degree and is signified by a transcript designation; for example, "Ph.D. in Sociology with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory." Programs approved as Designated Emphasis with Sociology are: Critical Theory; Science & Technology Studies; Feminist Theory & Research; African American and African Studies.

For further information, see the Designated Emphasis program. Then, contact the faculty chair or staff person in the DE in which you are interested.


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