Academics in the College of Letters and Science

The College of Letters and Science provides the foundation for a truly unified and distinctive liberal arts education. The College of Letters and Science is the largest of the schools and colleges at UC Davis, the University of California’s most comprehensive campus. We offer courses and conduct research in the broadest array of disciplines, spanning more than 50 fields of study in the arts, humanities, cultural studies, social sciences, and the mathematical and physical sciences.

Creative arts, cultural literacy, literary analysis and expression, performance, writing, language: these are the core humanities disciplines. We offer nationally ranked programs that inspire incomparable work here at UC Davis – and diverse collaborations across divisions, across campus, across the globe. 

From research with individuals, groups and societies to exploration and studies in politics and economics, the dynamic work in social sciences looks to ask questions, solve problems and raise up the next generation of global citizens and scholars. The historical, cultural and biological perspectives of society, along with their philosophical underpinnings, are explored by top-ranked departments and programs – with instruction and research led by a distinguished faculty interested in engagement, exchange of ideas and moving the world forward collaboratively.

Mathematical and physical sciences advance scientific discovery with fundamental expertise and a perspective on today’s biggest questions in science and society. Foundational discoveries at UC Davis lead to the global solutions of tomorrow. Our work in chemistry fosters applications in biology, agriculture, medicine, and the environment. Our research in chemistry and physics yields discovery of materials and processes for new technologies. Our explorations in physics, mathematics and earth and planetary sciences probe the origins of the cosmos and the evolution of planets, including our own Earth. Mathematicians and statisticians make quantitative representations of complex processes to inform every discipline, from economics to engineering. Our search for answers and the knowledge we create seed innovation throughout the planet, far into the next century and beyond.