Designated Emphasis

A Designated Emphasis (DE) denotes a broadening of training that comes from adding course work, training, and/or research work from an external department, degree-granting program, or cross-departmental grouping of faculty who together offer a designated emphasis. 

Students wishing to complete a Designated Emphasis in Anthropology must meet the following requirements:

Committee Composition

One member of the student’s qualifying examination committee must be a faculty member of the anthropology department. In addition, one member of the anthropology department must serve on the student’s doctoral thesis committee.

Course Requirements

The student must take four graduate courses in anthropology, one of which must be a graduate seminar. An independent study with a faculty member of the Anthropology Department may count as only one of the four courses. Grant Writing (ANTH 228) may not be counted toward these requirements. Tutorials that are taught in conjunction with undergraduate courses do not count toward these requirements.

Writing Requirements

At the time of the qualifying examination, the student must submit to the Anthropology Department a full statement, up to five pages, summarizing the pre-qualifying examination work done in anthropology (courses, papers, research projects, independent studies) and characterizing how that work and the dissertation to follow draw from and contribute to anthropological and ethnographic inquiry. The dissertation research will normally include a fieldwork component.

In the quarter in which the student announces candidacy for graduation, the faculty member from the anthropology department serving on the student's doctoral thesis committee will evaluate the depth of engagement with anthropology displayed in the doctoral thesis and decide whether the thesis fulfills the requirement to contribute to anthropological and ethnographic inquiry.

For more information, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Naomi Cholst, at ncholst@ucsc.edu