Our PhD Program offers 5 Emphasis Areas, listed below, for students to focus their research on. Alternatively, students with interests across two or more of these emphasis areas may work with their faculty advisors to select an appropriate combination of course work that draws from more than one emphasis. In addition to Core Courses, all students are required to complete at least 32 units of emphasis area course work. Each student and his or her faculty advisor proceed within the framework of one of the emphases listed below to select 32 units of emphasis area course work and complete other degree requirements. For a complete listing of Course Requirements, see the posting to the right.
In addition to the PhD, students have the option to apply for a Designated Emphasis Program that offers an option for further studies in a sub-field of interest. The post to the right on Designated Emphasis will provide further information.
Graduate students in our PhD program may participate in a Designated Emphasis, a specialization that might include a new method of inquiry or an important field of application which is related to two or more existing PhD programs.
The curriculum of the Designated Emphasis is offered by a faculty organized in the manner of a Graduate Group.