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The Psychology Department offers a graduate program oriented toward training qualified students to pursue careers in the areas of research and teaching. The Psychology Department at UC Davis does not offer training in the areas of clinical or counseling psychology. Resources and faculty personnel are concentrated in five areas: developmental; perception, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience; biological psychology; social-personality; and quantitative. The psychology department takes pride in the tradition of informality and supportiveness in student-faculty associations.

Political Science

This graduate program provides strong substantive and methodological training in political science and promotes close working relationships between faculty and students. Students choose from a curriculum of five fields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and methodology. Students may also develop an open field that can include coursework in other disciplines. Enrollment in the Ph.D.


With more than 40 faculty members with a broad range of experimental and theoretical research interests, the physics program provides a dynamic and diverse environment for graduate students. They have large efforts in condensed matter physics, cosmology, and high energy/elementary particle physics, with smaller groups studying biophysics, complexity, gravitation, nuclear physics, and physics education. Students in this program often travel to national and international facilities for parts of their Ph.D. work. Nearly all of the Ph.D.


The graduate program in philosophy is a small, collegial, and supportive program with a largely analytic orientation. The faculty specializes in a variety of areas, including history of philosophy (both ancient and modern), metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of science (especially biology), philosophy of mathematics, philosophical logic, ethics, meta-ethics, and social and political philosophy. The program has both M.A. and Ph.D. tracks.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

The Pharmaceutical Chemistry Program is intended for those students seeking employment at the M.S. level as research chemists in the pharmaceutical industry. The purpose of the program is to provide students with the enhanced technical depth and breadth in pharmaceutical chemistry that substantial research experience affords, so that their ability to make important contributions immediately and throughout their careers in these fields will be greatly enhanced.

Performance Studies

Composed of four clusters of interest – interactive medias, cultures/ecologies, text/history, and embodiments – the Performance Studies Graduate Group engages students in ways of thinking about performance that are historically, politically, culturally, and rhetorically informed, using tools from theater studies, dance studies, anthropology, sociology, film studies, visual culture, linguistics, literary studies, ethnography, ethnomusicology, computer science, feminist theory and women’s studies, technocultural studies, religion, critical race and ethnic studies, critical theory, cultural st


The graduate program emphasizes rigorous preparation in sociological theory and research methodologies as the basis of sound scholarship. Students are encouraged to begin active research early in their graduate careers. The department promotes collaborative work between faculty and students, and prepares students for academic careers in sociology and other areas.


The Statistics Graduate Program consists of 24 faculty including members affiliated with various departments on campus. The program offers both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. The M.S. program provides students with broad familiarity with the most widely used statistical methods and with solid background in statistical computing. The Ph.D. program combines advanced coursework in probability, theoretical, applied and computational statistics, balancing methodology, computing, and applications.

Study of Religion

The program offers advanced opportunities in the study of religion. Students receive classical training in the literatures of particular religious traditions, and they are encouraged to understand these traditions at the intersection of contemporary thematic and regional phenomena. Students have the opportunity to concentrate primarily on one of three regional specializations: American religious cultures, Mediterranean religions, and Asian religions. An additional regional specialization typically serves as a secondary area of competence.


The Spanish Graduate Program offers comprehensive knowledge of the history of the Spanish language, literary or linguistic scholarship, and competence in two other foreign languages. The faculty’s intellectual and teaching philosophy is geared toward incorporating new theoretical and scholarly models, especially cross-disciplinary methods, without ceasing to pay attention to national literatures.