Secondary fields allow PhD students to broaden their course of study and enhance the competitiveness and professional reach of their degree programs. Students engage in coursework and other activities defined by the program offering the secondary field and must meet all degree milestones and deadlines in their home PhD programs and at GSAS.
Be sure to speak with your primary advisor before contacting the department to express interest in declaring a secondary field.
- Graduate students may not complete a secondary field in their own department and may only declare one secondary field.
- Courses may count toward the secondary field and toward the course requirements for the PhD.
- Language courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may not be used to fulfill secondary field requirements.
Once you have met the requirements, fill out the PhD secondary field application, attach documentation confirming completion, and request signatures from the directors of graduate studies in your department and in the secondary field department. Submit application to the Office of the Registrar, located on the 4th floor of the Smith Campus Center, no later than the degree application deadline for the degree period. There are no exceptions to this deadline.
The secondary field will appear on your transcript but not on your degree.