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Middle East/South Asia Studies offers a minor in Arabic for those wishing to follow a formally recognized program of study. UC Davis currently offers three years of Arabic (elementary, intermediate, and advanced level), and students may request independent studies at more advanced levels. Instruction is in Modern Standard Arabic with a component of colloquial Arabic that integrates listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students of Arabic will also find a wide range of courses on cultures of the Arab world at UC Davis.

Applied Chemistry

How we apply chemistry to our everyday lives is what sets apart applied chemistry from the study of pure chemistry. A mysterious package dusted with white powder, rodent hair and a small white fiber: these are clues that a chemist educated in applied chemistry can use to help identify potential dangers and their source. A farmer experiences dramatic crop losses after another farm 100 miles away shifts to a genetically modified crop. Applied chemists step in to identify the source of the crop damage as a herbicide drift.


The psychology program at UC Davis is broad and includes students and faculty with a variety of interests. The department has developed around five major areas of emphasis:

Theatre and Dance

Participation is a unique focus of the theatre and dance minor, encouraging students to become familiar with the myriad roles involved in planning, producing and bringing performances to the stage. You'll be exposed to techniques of acting, directing, stagecraft or dance as you develop communication, creative and collaborative skills that will prepare you to succeed in a variety of careers within and outside the performing arts.


The Spanish minor assures a basic proficiency in Spanish and acquaints students with the language, literature, and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world. In today's global economy, this minor is an asset to almost any major.


The department offers a minor program in statistics that consists of five upper division level courses focusing on the fundamentals of mathematical statistics and of the most widely used applied statistical methods. The minor is designed to provide students in other disciplines with opportunities for exposure and skill development in advanced statistical methods.


Students wishing to minor in Philosophy may choose a general minor or a minor specializing in logic. There are no specific courses required for the general minor, so students may create a program to suit their own interests. The range of choice in the logic specialization is limited to the courses listed.


A minor in Sociology complements any major and gives students a valuable skill set that is desirable to a wide variety of employers. By taking sociology courses that analyze contemporary society, students learn to think critically, analyze complex situations, develop their written and verbal communication skills, and understand the world around them in a new way.

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies major and minor are designed to enable students to engage in critical, analytical thinking about religion, understand how to use and contextualize primary source materials, examine and interpret religion from a diversity of viewpoints, develop reflective understanding of the practices and practitioners of religion, discuss the relations between religion and ethics, and present complex and original ideas in written and oral formats.