LISO Emphasis courses can be taken before or after formal admission to the Emphasis. To formally apply for admission to the Emphasis download and complete the Petition for Admission. When completed, turn it in to the current Coordinator of the LISO Seminar. Only after the Petition has been approved by the LISO Coordinating Committee, and if you are in a "Participating Department," you must then complete a Graduate Division Petition to officially add the Emphasis to your major.
Graduate students who are not enrolled in a Participating Department may complete the Emphasis, but cannot have it added to their official University transcripts.
Please refer to the UCSB General Catalog for the LISO requirements. These can be found in the listing of all four of the participating departments (Communication, Education, Linguistics, Sociology).