2020 Designated Emphasis (DE) Applications Due Thursday, March 19

The Program in Critical Theory’s DE enables graduate students already enrolled in UC Berkeley Ph.D. programs from across the social sciences, arts, humanities, and beyond to obtain certification of a Designated-Emphasis specialization in Critical Theory. Students admitted to the DE who complete its requirements (three core courses and two electives) will receive a parenthetical notation to that effect on their doctoral degrees. The program offers courses on the nineteenth-century notion of critique; on the Frankfurt School and other twentieth-century currents of critical theory and philosophy; and on contemporary forms and modes of critical theory, including critical race theory, postcolonialist theory, feminist critique, gender studies and queer theory, and the diverse approaches to critique arising with and after structuralism and poststructuralism.

Applications to the DE in Critical Theory are due Thursday, March 19 by 4 pm. All students enrolled in Ph.D. programs at UC Berkeley who have not already taken the QE are eligible to apply. To learn more about the application process and access application forms, visit the Academics page on our website.