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 nearly 2,000 graduate students, and half of all UC Davis living alumni graduated from the college.
12,200 undergraduate student majors
1,500+ graduate students
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.
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Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
The Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies examines human cultures through the study of languages, literatures, new media and the arts; the varieties of human affiliation and identity; and the practices of the creative arts.
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences creates the foundations in science and mathematics to understand and solve some of our biggest questions of nature today, and to create new solutions for tomorrow.