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Optional Graduate Emphases

An optional graduate emphasis is a focused area of study that is offered as an addition to an existing graduate degree program in one or more participating departments. An emphasis is noted on transcripts but does not appear on diplomas. Each emphasis has established procedures for application and enrollment. In order for an emphasis to appear on the student’s transcript upon graduation, they must petition to officially add the emphasis through the Graduate Division. For more information, visit:



Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Anthropology, Classics, History, History of Art and Architecture, Religious Studies

Applied Linguistics

Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Education, French, Linguistics, Spanish and Portuguese

Asian American Studies

English, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, History, Religious Studies, Sociology


Biomolecular Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology; Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology; Physics, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Statistics and Applied Probability

Black Studies

Chicana and Chicano Studies, Communication, Education, English, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology

Climate Sciences and Climate Change

Earth Science, Economics, Environmental Science and Management (Bren School), Geography, Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science

Cognitive Science

Anthropology, Communication, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Education, English, Geography, Linguistics, Media Arts & Technology, Music (excluding D.M.A.), Philosophy, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Religious Studies

Computational Science and Engineering

Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Science, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering,  Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering


Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Global Studies, Sociology

Economics and Environmental Science (EES)

Economics, Environmental Science and Management (Bren School)

Environment and Society

Anthropology, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Comparative Literature, Earth Science, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology; Education, English, Environmental Science and Management (Bren School), Feminist Studies, Film and Media Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Sociology

European Medieval Studies

Comparative Literature, English, French, History, History of Art and Architecture, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, Theater and Dance

Feminist Studies

Anthropology, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Communication, Comparative Literature, Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, Education, English, Film and Media Studies, French, History, History of Art and Architecture, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Theater and Dance

Global Studies

Anthropology, Communication, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, Education, English, Feminist Studies, Film and Media Studies, Geography, History, Linguistics, Music - Ethnomusicology, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theater & Dance

Information Technology and Society

Anthropology, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, Environmental Science and Management (Bren School), Film and Media Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Linguistics, Media Arts and Technology, Political Science, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Sociology, Technology Management Program

Language, Interaction, and Social Organization

Communication, Education, Linguistics, Sociology


Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Dynamical Neuroscience, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Anthropology, Communication, Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology, Education, Geography, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Sociology, Statistics and Applied Probability

Translation Studies

Classics, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, English, French, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese

Writing Studies

Comparative Literature, English, Education, Feminist Studies, Linguistics, Religious Studies

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