Photo: squiggles of light along path in the UC Davis arboretum's redwood grove

Beyond the Classroom

During your studies in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, you will have many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Whether it is studying abroad, pursuing an internship or conducting research, the advantages of pursing learning outside of the classroom are many. Work and study outside the classroom can help you feel more engaged in your major courses, enhance your understanding within a broader context, widen your job prospects, and can be just plain fun.

Recent Graduates Talk About the Power of their Internships

Zoe Sarr (Sociology, ’19) talks about how her internship convinced her she could be a doctor. Micah Lesch (History with minors in Human Rights and Jewish Studies, '19) credits his work with the Anti-Defamation League in his pursuit of a career in civil and human rights. Sandra Hernandez (Communication, ’19) says doing two internships helped her realize she wanted to work in health care public relations. Allyson Ling (Statistics, ’19) got the opportunity to work with big data sets. After multiple internships with policymakers, Ryan Alejandro Fonseca-Vega (Chicana/o Studies with minors in Political Science and Professional Writing, '19) has decided to run for public office. Dante Valenzuela (History and English, '19) applied what he was learning in the classroom to make a difference with The Latin America Working Group.

Recent Graduates Talk About Their Study Abroad Experiences

Ava Hagwood (Psychology and Human Development, '19), Micah Lesch (History with minors in Human Rights and Jewish Studies, '19) talk about their experiences while studying abroad. Like many of the College's graduates, Ava and Micah double majored or pursued multiple minors, while also applying their expertise to make a better world.