The interdisciplinary minor in Sexuality Studies offers students a unique opportunity to study the concept of sexuality—including sexual identities, desires, and practices—by examining its changing meanings and effects across different political, historical, and cultural landscapes. At UC Davis, Sexuality Studies pays particular attention to how gender, race, class, nation, empire, colonialism, and globalization shape popular understandings of sexuality, and how these understandings of sexuality in turn affect social, political, and economic relations of power.
Science and Society is an interdepartmental teaching program administered by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences that offers students throughout the campus the opportunity to discover the connections that link the social, biological, and physical sciences with societal issues and cultural discourses.
Coursework examines discovery processes in relation to societal values, public policy and ethics, including issues associated with cultural diversity. Whenever possible, opportunities outside the classroom are included as part of the learning experience.
The University Writing Program (UWP) offers writing courses and seeks to improve writing instruction across campus through a variety of programs. The UWP coordinates first year, intermediate and advanced writing courses that satisfy college composition requirements and offers courses in writing across the curriculum, writing in specific disciplines, and writing in the professions.
The Department of Linguistics offers two minor programs:
- Linguistics for Language Teachers (listed below), which especially complements the major in English with the Teaching Area of emphasis; it is also of relevance to students interested in teaching foreign languages.
- General Linguistics, which provides the student with basic knowledge of language structure and linguistic analysis.
The program in Jewish Studies offers students the opportunity to explore Jewish history, communities, literature, religion and culture in a comparative perspective and multicultural framework. Courses include Hebrew language instruction as well as the study of classical and modern Jewish texts in translation.
The minor in Iran & Persian Studies covers an area of immense historical, cultural, economic, demographic and geopolitical significance. The minor is designed to emphasize the interconnected and comparative aspect of history, culture, society, economy, religion, gender relations, media, law, political economy, international relations, urbanism, migration and diaspora, language and literatures across regional and national boundaries. It is an interdisciplinary minor open to undergraduates in all four colleges.
The minor in India & South Asia Studies covers an area of immense historical, cultural, economic, demographic and geopolitical significance. The minor is designed to emphasize the interconnected and comparative aspect of history, culture, society, economy, religion, gender relations, media, law, political economy, international relations, urbanism, migration and diaspora, language and literatures across regional and national boundaries. It is an interdisciplinary minor open to undergraduates in all four colleges.
The interdisciplinary minor in the history and philosophy of science invites students to examine historical and contemporary problems in a variety of scientific disciplines, and to explore concepts and procedures basic to science and how they have evolved. The minor is sponsored by the Program in Science and Technology Studies.
The interdisciplinary GIS minor will enable students not only to learn about global and international issues at UC Davis, but also to gain first-hand academic experience abroad. The GIS minor is designed to give recognition for upper division course work completed while studying abroad; however, it can also be completed with approved course work taken at UC Davis.
Student and pupils will be expected to work closely with the GIS academic advisor in developing an intellectually coherent program of study. Each proposal must be approved by the Faculty Director of Study Abroad.
There is an urgent need to develop and commercialize technologies for the sustainable conversion and use of energy. The goal of these energy minors is to prepare students for careers that require training in energy science and technology, efficiency, and policy. Clean technologies and green technologies including energy are some of the fastest growing markets for new investments.