French is spoken in several European countries; Tahiti; parts of Canada, Africa, the Caribbean and South America; and as a diplomatic or second language by much of the educated world. The French major cultivates critical, analytical thinking; a historical perspective; and an appreciation of cultural difference. As a French major at UC Davis, you will study with distinguished, well-published faculty enhanced by frequent guest lecturers. You can participate in education abroad programs in France and in other countries.
The study of English is the study of some of the world's finest works of literature in their historical, artistic and cultural contexts. The Department of English offers a wide range of courses in British, American and Anglophone Literature, in the structure and history of the English language and in expository and creative writing. As an English major, you will develop superior communication skills and an excellent background in critical thinking. You will also learn to conduct research, analyze information and deliver effective arguments in writing.
The study of economics is the study of choices. How should a society choose to allocate and distribute its resources? Which needs should have the highest priority, and which are less important? Economists study how people use their limited resources in an attempt to satisfy their unlimited wants. They create scientific models to explain why people behave the way they do, and use these models along with observations of the world to analyze and explain why things happen the way they do.
East Asian countries play important roles in today's global culture and economy. As the U.S. increasingly "pivots toward Asia," understanding the history, culture, and day-to-day workings of these regions becomes ever more important. The East Asian Studies major offers comparative studies of a region that has been integrally linked for centuries by trade and the exchange of philosophical ideas, religion, literature and art.
A jacket with classic lines and a graceful shape. A website where information is easy to find. A book set in a typeface that complements the text perfectly. An art gallery where the displays flow naturally together. All these items have one thing in common--they were crafted with care by designers. Majoring in design at UC Davis allows you to combine artistic skill and training with experience in practical and commercial applications.
As the trend toward globalization connects people in every part of the world economically, culturally and politically, digital networks and systems are increasingly responsible for processing and delivering the massive amounts of information that keep communication flowing. Computer scientists design, maintain and improve upon these vital information systems. As a computer science major, you will focus on designing systems for application in science, industry and management. The emphasis in this program is on software, although you will master essential concepts of hardware as well.
Through the study of writings from authors of different cultures, backgrounds and periods of history, we learn to appreciate the commonalities all humans share as well as the differences that give rise to our diversity. From Aesop's fables and Lady Murasaki's early Japanese novels to the contemporary work of such writers as Morrison and Garcia Marquez, comparative literature majors explore a broad range of genres, styles and themes.
What can we learn from a word, a gesture, a tone of voice? Methods of both verbal and non-verbal communication vary from culture to culture and generation to generation; yet our fast-moving world demands that people of widely diverse backgrounds must be able to express themselves clearly and understand each others' viewpoints. Communication majors study communication processes at the individual, interpersonal, organizational and societal levels. They analyze message delivery systems, the role of the media and the effectiveness of public education campaigns.
How does the mind work? This is the foundational tenet of cognitive science. It is the interdisciplinary study of human behavior and intelligence, with a focus on how information is perceived, processed and transformed. The field draws from anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and sociology to learn how the mind determines behavior. Students interested in artificial intelligence, linguistics, education, the health sciences and sociocultural careers will want to explore this field of study.
Democracy, individualism, monotheism, architectural proportion, musical harmony: all these concepts were first developed by the classical civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Greece and Rome. As a classics major, you will examine ancient literature, art, philosophy and government, focusing on how ideas dating from classical times still affect the modern world; you will also have the opportunity to study the Greek, Latin and Hebrew languages.