Related Programs

It is assumed that students who are considering pursuing one of these options will have discussed their plans with the Graduate Adviser early enough in their graduate career so as not to unduly affect their course load or time to degree.

Romance Languages and Literatures: The Ph.D. program in RLL is administered jointly by the Departments of French, Italian Studies, and Spanish & Portuguese. Applicants choose one of the languages taught in those departments as their primary emphasis, and once admitted, take courses and satisfy program requirements in all three departments. Students must also choose between focusing their studies on literature in at least three Romance languages, or on Romance linguistics. Please see full details of the Program in Romance Languages and Literatures Italian emphasis at:

Medieval Studies: Medieval studies are currently undertaken in a joint degree program designed to preserve the established standards of training in a major subject, while broadening the student’s experience in other aspects of the field. In addition to the requirements of the Slavic Department, each student pursues seminar work in two outside departments, one of which is History. The program includes a special examination in Latin, consisting of representative passages from medieval authors. More information is available at:


The Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory: The DE in Critical Theory permits interested students to specialize in critical theory, and to obtain certification of this specialization, while pursuing a Ph.D. in an established UC Berkeley Department. Critical Theory is not an independent degree granting program. Students admitted to the DE and completing the requirements will receive a parenthetical notation to that effect on their doctoral degrees. See

Designated Emphasis in Film: The Designated Emphasis in Film Studies provides curricular and research resources for students who want to concentrate on film within their respective disciplines and have their work formally recognized. Applicants to this program must have taken the Film Theory seminar offered each fall semester and must fulfill specific course, Qualifying Exam and Dissertation Committee requirements if admitted to the program. See

Designated Emphasis in Folklore: Students receiving degrees from other departments may declare a designated emphasis in Folklore Studies. The designated emphasis is designed to complement core Ph.D. programs and provides exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary study and cross-collaboration. See

The Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies: This DE draws on Berkeley’s exceptional faculty strength in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. It offers comprehensive training in a wide range of departments and disciplines. Students combine seminar work in intellectual and cultural history, material culture, and languages to supplement their traditional doctoral studies. See

The Designated Emphasis Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality: This is an interdisciplinary program available to students who are already admitted to a graduate program at University of California, Berkeley. Taken in conjunction with Ph.D. programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Designated Emphasis provides opportunities for interdisciplinary study with more than 30 faculty across the campus. See