Our College


The College of Letters and Science is committed to delivering on the promises of liberal education and curiosity-driven research that makes real the value and purpose of the liberal arts and sciences at the heart of our modern, global top 10 public research university.

We prepare multidisciplinary thinkers who can work across disciplines collaboratively in ways that converge disciplines and create new solutions. By combining our expertise in teaching and research with our commitment to real-world learning, the College plays a key role in UC Davis’s commitment to providing access and opportunity to a diverse array of students who seek to make the world a better place.

A Long Tradition

Founded in 1951, the College of Letters and Science is the largest of the schools and colleges at UC Davis, the University of California’s most comprehensive university. We offer courses and conduct research in the broadest array of disciplines at UC Davis spanning more than 50 fields of study in the humanities, arts, cultural studies, social sciences, and the mathematical and physical sciences. We are home to nearly half of all undergraduates at UC Davis, in addition to teaching the core curriculum for virtually all 28,000 undergraduate students. Our faculty mentor over 1,500 graduate students, and half of all UC Davis living alumni graduated from the college.

Quick Facts

814 faculty
12,200 undergraduate student majors
1,500+ graduate students
102,000 alumni
11 of the top 20 majors (by degrees conferred)
53 majors (of 104 at UC Davis) $46.2M research awards (2015–16)


Many of our programs are ranked among the best in the country. Our graduate programs in political science and English jumped to the top 20 in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) graduate program rankings, released on March 14, 2017, and are among 17 college graduate programs ranked in the top 50 of their fields by USNWR. Our Spanish program is ranked as the top program in the country by the National Research Council, with our anthropology program ranked at 7 and economics at 29.