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The nationally prominent doctoral program within the UC Davis Department of Economics engages the most promising students who wish to pursue advanced studies and conduct original research leading to new insights about financial structures in the global economy. The Department of Economics at UC Davis values a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences among its students. This diversity strengthens and enriches our research, scholarship, and teaching. A diverse graduate student population also enhances the academic experiences for all students.


The Department of English offers students the chance to pursue a literature Ph.D. in fields from the British Middle Ages and colonial America to global/postcolonial and U.S. contemporary literatures, with further strengths in literature and science, literature and environment, literary theory, translation, and gender studies. Faculty members’ interdisciplinary interests and affiliations with other programs complement the program’s grounding in traditional genres and methods of literary analysis as well as emerging methodologies. This wide range also characterizes the M.A.

Native American Studies

The Native American Studies Graduate Group’s interdisciplinary and hemispheric approach includes attention to the increasing diaspora of indigenous peoples throughout the Americas, and calls upon the authority of native intelligence to address the issues that concern native peoples. Topics of study include history; religion; philosophy; government; politics; society; and language and linguistics, as well as indigenous community development for autonomy and sovereignty; colonialism, racism, and self-determination; and ethnohistory. At both the M.A. and Ph.D.


Students gain advanced knowledge of structural/theoretical linguistics, second language acquisition and development, bilingualism and multilingualism, and formal and descriptive linguistics. The program offers both a Ph.D. and a M.A. The Ph.D. program is supported by a wide array of faculty and encompasses numerous research areas.


The program offers comprehensive programs in German language, literature, culture, philosophy, theory, media studies, and film that span all periods from the Middle Ages to the present. The program’s distinguished faculty members conduct research in areas as diverse as literary history and analysis, gender studies, critical theory, film studies, intellectual history, and linguistics. Students pursuing this degree are encouraged to combine the Ph.D. program in German with interdisciplinary designated emphases in critical theory, classics, feminist research, and second language acquisition.


The Geology Graduate Program provides a dynamic interdisciplinary environment for studies of the Earth and planets, as well as the history of life on Earth, and applied and environmental geosciences.


The Geography Graduate Program provides a strong core in geographic concepts, theories, methods, and traditions, with more in-depth course-work available in geography’s four main areas of emphasis: environmental sciences; methods, models, and GIS Science; nature and society; and people, place, and region.

French and Francophone Studies

The French Graduate Program provides graduate students with a strong base of historical coverage, spanning from the Middle Ages to the present, including Francophone studies. The department also offers a strong emphasis on past and recent developments in literary and critical theory that influence French scholarship. Faculty interests such as linguistics, comparative literature, critical theory, film studies, and women’s studies ensure that students are exposed to interdisciplinary approaches and are invited to integrate these perspectives into their program.

Dramatic Art

The two-year program in dramatic arts is designed to provide a course of rigorous, advanced training and practice that enables mid-career artists to explore and expand areas of expertise in order to develop artistically and professionally. With the focus firmly on interdisciplinary practice, the program offers artists the opportunity to create and practice new dimensions of classical, contemporary, and experimental performance.


The two-year M.F.A. program in design blends focused research and creative practice with an understanding of key design issues in history, theory, research methodology, and sustainable design practices. The program emphasizes creative ability, interdisciplinary and multicultural projects, and socially responsible design. Collaborations with other departments are highly encouraged. Areas of faculty expertise include exhibition design; interior architecture, including lighting and furniture design; textile and fashion design; and visual communication, including graphic and multimedia design.