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Students in other disciplines may elect to complete a minor in Geology by choosing a geological subject emphasis. The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department sponsors a number of minor programs, including minors in General Geology, Engineering Geology, Geochemistry, Paleobiology

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in Sexuality Studies offers students a unique opportunity to study the concept of sexuality by examining its changing meanings and effects across different political, historical, and cultural landscapes. The minor will also examine the ways sexual minorities have produced vibrant cultures and communities that challenge normative ideas about gender and sexuality. As an interdisciplinary project, it relies on a variety of perspective from the humanities and social sciences to investigate the human-made aspects of sexual identities, desires and practices.


The minor program develops proficiency in all four language skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—and acquaints students with the intellectual and cultural contributions of the French-speaking world through the study of its literature, traditions, and institutions.

The Program. The department encourages its students to work closely with the academic advisor in designing a minor tailored to their needs and interests within the broad requirements prescribed by the program and to avail themselves of the guidance of an excellent teaching faculty.


Whether their major is in Viticulture & Enology or Biochemistry & Molecular Biology – to name just two current examples – many students find that pursuing a minor in English allows them to develop their abilities to read and to write critically while enjoying all the pleasures that great literature has to offer. To complete the minor, students complete five upper-division courses, at least four of which focus on literature, film, or other media. Choices within the curriculum are unlimited by historical period, and can include a course in creative writing.


A minor in anthropology is an ideal complement to virtually any major at UC Davis.
For the minor, the Department of Anthropology offers students a choice among four curricular options: general emphasis, archaeology emphasis, evolutionary emphasis, sociocultural emphasis.


Economics is the study of how individuals, organizations, and societies choose among alternative uses of resources and how these resources are turned into the things people want.

Course Limits. Except under extraordinary circumstances, not more than two economics courses should be taken in any one quarter. In special cases, the department will accept a limited number of related upper division courses from other departments in satisfaction of the economics upper division course requirements. Approval from a departmental advisor is required in all such cases.

East Asian Studies

Courses taken for the minor are expected to reflect a predominant interest in East Asia or Southeast Asia. All upper division courses counting towards the East Asian Studies major, may be used to fulfill the requirements for the minor program, as long as they deal predominantly with East Asia or Southeast Asia.

Computer Science

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 minor, 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.

Comparative Literature

The minor in Comparative Literature allows students to combine courses in Comparative Literature with courses in a national literature, including English or foreign literature in translation. There is no foreign language requirement for the minor.


Proficiency in communication is fundamental to personal and professional interactions in all career endeavors. The communication minor encompasses 24 units of concentrated study.

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.