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Admitted students are required to complete five courses (two core courses taught within CGS and three electives) in addition to their home department’s core requirements, and to include at least one member of their dissertation committee from the list of CGS affiliate faculty.

The core courses are CGS 200 (Advanced Studies in CGS), to be taken shortly after acceptance into the specialization, and CGS 299 (Practicum in CGS), to be taken in the student’s final year of dissertation writing.

In addition to the two CGS seminars, three electives (4 units each) may be selected from a list of pre-approved seminars in participating departments: Anthropology, Communication, Education Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Literature, Music, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre & Dance and Visual Arts.