What is the Designated Emphasis?

Adding a Designated Emphasis to a doctoral degree is similar to an undergraduate's selection of a minor. The Designated Emphasis is an optional certification in a specialty outside of a doctoral student's home discipline.

Options for PhD students in the Department of African American Studies are Women and Gender Studies, Critical Theory, Film & Media, and New Media.

http://womensstudies.berkeley.edu/graduate/detail

http://townsendlab.berkeley.edu/critical-theory

http://fm.berkeley.edu/graduate/designated-emphasis/

http://opa.berkeley.edu/academicprograms/perspective/0409/newMedia.html

Typically, the designated emphasis means that a student has taken the required courses in that area and has a professor from that department serves on the qualifying exam and dissertation committees. See each website for further details.