College of Letters and Science Ranks High

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The College of Letters and Science at UC Davis is proud to demonstrate its excellence in education, teaching, enrichment, research, and impact. Below is a list of some of the most recent rankings.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Graduate programs

U.S. News & World Report’s "America's Best Graduate Schools 2010" ranked several doctoral programs among the top in the nation

  • #10 Sociology: Sex and Gender
  • #11 Paleontology
  • #13 Fine Arts: Ceramics
  • #13 Mathematics: Topology
  • #14 History: U.S. Colonial History
  • #17 Earth Sciences
  • #18 Geology
  • #19 Political Science: American Politics
  • #21 Fine Arts
  • #21 Sociology: Sociology of Population
  • #23 Psychology
  • #24 Political Science
  • #26 English
  • #26 Physics
  • #28 History
  • #31 Sociology
  • #31 Statistics
  • #34 Economics
  • #36 Mathematics
  • #38 Chemistry
  • #39 Computer Science

More Rankings

Geology 136: Ecogeomorphology is one of the featured classes in Sierra Magazine's 2010 "Cool Schools | Fantasy Draft"

UC Davis placed 29th in mathematics among the world's top 100 universities in the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities, issued annually by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Chemistry placed 38th in the ranking report, computer science 50th, physics in the top 100, and economics/business in the top 100.

National Research Council Rankings 

The National Research Council (NRC) has reported the results of its latest project to assess U.S. research doctorate programs. This is the most comprehensive survey of research doctorate programs in the United States. The NRC has reported data for 5,000 programs at 212 different institutions across 62 fields of study. Each participating university provided data at an institutional level, at the program level and at the faculty level. Additionally, students in five selected fields were invited to complete questionnaires regarding their programs.

Departments and Programs in the College of Letters and Science fared very well. (Ranges issued by NRC. Full report can be seen here.)

Spanish: Between 1-6 out of 60
Applied Mathematics: Between 4-15 out of 33
Performance Studies: Between 4-16 out of 27
Anthropology: Between 7-21 out of 82
Political Science: Between 7-26 out of 105
Mathematics: Between 9-33 out of 127
Geography: Between 10-30 out of 49
Statistics: Between 12-24 out of 61
Music: Between 12-28 out of 63
Comparative Literature: Between 14-28 out of 46
Computer Science: Between 15-51 out of 126
Psychology: Between 21-57 out of 236
French: Between 22-34 out of 43
Economics: Between 29-44 out of 117
History: Between 40-68 out of 137
English: Between 44-75 out of 119
Geology: Between 46-95 out of 140
Sociology: Between 48-77 out of 118
Philosophy: Between 53-76 out of 90

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