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Sections and Areas of Concentration

Although doctoral study at UC San Diego involves work throughout the department, many graduate students center their research on traditional language areas, which are represented in the various sections. An increasing number of graduate students also work in areas of departmental strength that cut across sectional boundaries.

Prospective students apply to one of the four sections, but should also indicate in their statement of purpose if they have particular research interests in one or more of the department’s additional areas of concentration.


There is also a Critical Gender Studies PhD specialization (in Literature) coordinated through the Critical Gender Studies Program. For more information, visit their website: http://cgs.ucsd.edu/graduate-specialization/index.html

PhD Program Handbook

Always refer to the PhD Handbook for the official department policies and procedures.  If you do not find the answer to your question(s) there, please contact PhD advising (litgrad@ucsd.edu) for guidance.

Director of Doctoral Studies
Daisuke Miyao

PhD Program Advising
(858) 534-3217
litgrad@ucsd.edu

Accepting Applications:
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9/9/2020 - 1/6/2021 (for Fall 2021 admissions)