Students in one of the 55 majors offered by the College of Letters and Science have so many opportunities to pursue their passions and prepare for a future of endless possibilities. Here we share just a few stories about the ins and outs of many of our majors and how alumni are putting their majors to work for them. Check out the campus majors blog to read more stories about how UC Davis students and alumni are putting their majors to work for them.
Psychology Major Found a Minor Through Extracurriculars
Much like choosing a major or a minor, choosing an extracurricular during your college career can seem like a daunting task. UC Davis is home to many fantastic programs that are constantly on the hunt for creative students.
Double Major: Exploring the Postal Service of Our Cells
Psychology and biological sciences senior Wenzhe Li rotated through two labs at UC Davis before finding a muse in cytoplasmic dynein, a motor protein used for transport within cells.
Global Experiences Take Students to All 7 Continents
Global academic projects and internships, study abroad, and international research do more than help you to reach your academic goals. They also broaden your horizons through exposure to hands-on experiences and new cultures in diverse settings.
What Can I Do with a Classical Civilization Major?
A classical civilizations major gives you a window into the world of the Greeks and Romans, who remain so potent a force in the modern imagination. But more than that, it teaches you that real world problems do not come with an instruction manual or set of steps to fix them, and we must decide for ourselves both how to formulate powerful questions and how to find meaningful answers.
3 Interdisciplinary Majors for the Workplace of the Future
UC Davis thinks and works across traditional boundaries of subject areas. In fact, we’re a leader in the mashups that, in the academic world, are called interdisciplinary studies.
The 6 Must-Have Skills for a Career in HR
Ever think about a career in human resources? If you’re majoring in communications, sociology, psychology, managerial economics — or any humanities major, really — then a job in the human resources field might be just right for you.
A Freshman Finds Joy in an Undeclared Major
Despite being undeclared, I do not feel completely lost on my career path. I am quite self-aware, and I recognize my strengths and passions, such as writing, political activism and education. What is difficult, however, is choosing which interests deserve my academic efforts.
International Relations Majors Seek Peace and Security through Global Learning
Myriah Smith ’16 is an advocate for human rights. As an international relations major, she chose the peace and security track because it resonated most with her passion for securing the rights of people affected by conflicts, political violence, and ethnically/religiously targeted discrimination.
6 Ways to Find a Fulfilling Career for Art Graduate Students
Graduates of arts programs are often considered to be more creative and insightful than many of their peers, but would you believe they’re also among the happiest professionals? Believe it. Arts alumni aren't just surviving in today’s workforce, they’re thriving.
4 Ways Theatre and Communications Studies Expand Career Options
A theatre degree allows you to specialize in how to best communicate and find an authentic voice — whatever your chosen field.
5 Ways to Get a Global Perspective for Better Career Options
The College of Letters and Science offers numerous classes and majors focused on learning about other cultures, a new language, and/or the links between biological/physical sciences and societal issues.
American Studies Majors Turn Passions to Professions
The American studies major provides critical and creative perspectives, tools that can be used in many areas, an introduction to wide-ranging topics, and ways to meld academics, career and personal passion.
How UC Davis Undergraduates Can Become Journalists
After four years of working at my high school newspaper, I chose to attend UC Davis, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in international relations and minors in communication and Middle East/South Asia studies. While UC Davis doesn’t have a journalism major or minor, I didn’t feel limited in the opportunities to experiment with my interest.
Communication Majors Focus on Our Digital and Virtual Futures
If you think studying communication is mostly for people who want to pursue careers in public relations, it’s time to update your thinking. Think data, think digital, think virtual, think about how much you interact with the world via your smart phone.
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Offers Careers From Prescriptions to Pinot Noir
When you’re sick with the flu and facing down a week of finals, thank a pharmaceutical chemist for the medicine that brings you relief. However, this major is about much more than treating illness — many paths are open to students who pursue a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry.
History Majors Know What's Happening by Understanding the Past
Though we usually think of historians as solitary researchers, actually the discipline is intensely social and communicative.
Busting Myths About Humanities Majors
Students in the humanities are sometimes seen as lacking in direction and not being prepared for the “real world.” Quite the contrary, a humanities major can be added value to your resume and has other concrete benefits beyond college.
What Our Communication Majors Do
Get inspired by what our UC Davis communication majors are doing in their careers.
International Relations Major Is a Netflix Vice President
“As I look back at my time at UC Davis, I think the culture was most important to my professional and personal development,” said Tim Mizrahi ’98, who has been married to his husband Doug Cullum for eight years. “The community was welcoming, energizing and respectful.
Geology Majors Think on a Planetary Scale
Geology majors tend to have a few common traits. They are curious about how our planet works, they want to study a rigorous science, and they want a challenging career that is relevant to society.
Aggie Political Science Major Helps Lead Professional Soccer Team
For Brent Sasaki ’94, it’s all about connections. As vice president of corporate partnerships at Sacramento Republic FC, this political science major has cultivated some important relationships for the capital city’s professional soccer team.
Spanish Majors Have Portable Skills for the Global Workplace
Spanish majors are a remarkable group of students who are preparing to change California and the world. They know that if you want to change the world, you have to start by understanding the languages, histories and cultures of its people.
Insight Into the Real World Makes Economics Majors Marketable
I chose to be an economics major, in part, because of the interesting and relevant courses. I am pursuing my professional interest by specializing in the data analytics and economic analysis track while also exploring the statistics and technology management minors.
Book Your Future With Career Possibilities as an English Major
Our majors go on to careers in the U.S. armed forces and Silicon Valley, medicine and the law. Our graduates are journalists and veterinarians and teachers.
What Can’t You Do With a Math Major?
Why is there so much career flexibility as a math major? Employers want people who are smart and grounded in their field. But typically, they want more than that: They want someone to design models, to answer hard questions and to figure out what the right questions are.
Sociology Majors Tackle the Big Issues in Society
We call it the “sociological superpower”: the ability to think critically about everything going on around you and in the broader social world. Movies, TV programs, current events — even family Thanksgiving will never be the same once you embark down the path of a sociology major.
What Can I Do With My East Asian Studies Major?
Understanding East Asia today requires knowledge and appreciation of the cultural orientations, traditional practices and social forces that have shaped its diverse cultures and societies. The East Asian Studies Program delves into the depth, breadth and diversity of human achievements to gain this understanding.
Chicana/o Studies Majors Prepared to Shape the Future
In the current political climate, understanding and valuing Chicanx/Latinx community experiences are important for Aggies wanting to be leaders with impact.
Aggie Develops Path to Becoming Influential Social Media Communicator
Becoming an English major was the best decision. The courses I took allowed me to sharpen my writing and critical thinking skills, which translates directly to my present-day job as an internal communications manager at LinkedIn.
Political Science Major Trusted Gut in Finding Global Education Career
The biggest piece of advice about career choices I would give to all students is don’t be afraid to trust your gut, even if it means trying new things. As a first-generation college student, this was a hard lesson for me to learn as my family and community had such a high expectation of success for me.
Physics: Come for the Black Holes, Stay for Career Prospects
The study of physics at UC Davis offers exposure to truly astounding ideas about the nature of reality. It’s a celebration of the beauty of the laws of nature and the power of the human mind. And you receive rigorous intellectual training in how to grasp any subject at a fundamental level.
Religious Studies Majors Study What Moves People and Nations
Growing up Muslim in a Catholic school in Texas, I had always found religion fascinating. Offering a comparative approach to the study of religion outside the religious seminary, a religious studies major could allow me to merge my interests in the soul with medicine and science.
Degree in Theatre and Dance First Stage for Creative Careers
Students who choose to major in theatre and dance at UC Davis get a solid grounding in most aspects of theatrical performance.
Philosophy Major Valuable for Virtually Any Career
Students in philosophy think about important issues that underlie everything else — ethics, the foundations of science and religion, to name a few. But our majors soon realize that their studies help develop skills in critical analysis and problem-solving, as well as their ability to communicate ideas clearly and logically.
A Word From Two Marine and Coastal Science Majors
Not only was the summer program the most academically beneficial experience I had at UC Davis — making valuable connections, assessing my own interests, and gaining research experience — but it was also a lot of fun and resulted in lifelong friendships.