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Welcome to the College of Letters and Science

At the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, we search for solutions through our broad interdisciplinary lens of the arts, sciences and humanities. We stand together in wonder and inspiration as we identify questions, foster scholarship and creatively look to improve our world – with critical thinking, intellectual generosity and great people.
As the college with the broadest offering of disciplines, teaching the core curriculum for virtually all 23,000 undergraduate students and mentoring more than a thousand graduate students, the College of Letters and Science lives and breathes its interdisciplinary mission each day. We thrive at the intersection of fundamental scholarship, exploring and connecting fields as diverse as the arts & stars, math & music, chemistry & cinema, economics & English – and providing the foundation for a truly one-of-a-kind liberal arts education.

Learn more: about the College of Letters and Science

Award Spotlight

Creative Writing Professor Wins American Academy Prize

Music Professor Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Music professor Laurie San Martin has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. The fellowship will provide funding for San Martin, who has taught at UC Davis since 2001, to do research and compose works for the San Francisco vocal ensemble Volti and New York’s Cygnus Ensemble.


Faculty teaching award winners

Three Recognized For Teaching Excellence

Three faculty in the College of Letters and Science are among the 11 award recipients to be honored for excellence in research, teaching and public service on May 2. Our winners include Alessa Johns, professor of English, Wrye Sententia, continuing lecturer with the University Writing Program, and Dean Tantillo, professor of chemistry.

Research Spotlight

Katherine Burnett

Global Tea Initiative Launched

UC Davis will launch its Global Tea Initiative with a symposium May 12 bringing together the cultural and scientific aspects of the world’s most popular prepared beverage. “The Basics of Tea: Tea and People” is a first step in creating a center for the study of tea culture and science on campus. 


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