A minor is offered in Chinese for students wishing to follow a formally recognized program of study in Chinese language and literature. For the minor, students may take one (regular, letter-graded) course on a P/NP basis. Courses which are only offered on a P/NP basis do not count toward these limits.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors the minor in Luso-Brazilian Studies, which offers students the opportunity to engage with the Portuguese-speaking world as a global space, as well as gain in-depth knowledge of Brazilian literature, culture and society. The minor is structured to facilitate engagement with Latin American, peninsular, and transatlantic topics, while ensuring that students master the essential skills of linguistic competence, and literary and cultural knowledge.
Many UC Davis undergraduates study Latin to teach the language or to do research that requires it. They typically go on to graduate programs that require Latin for admission or success. UC Davis Classics regularly places its students in top-ranked graduate programs. UC Davis graduate students who need Latin for their research also enroll in Latin classes; we even offer a Designated Emphasis in Classics and Classical Receptions for graduate students whose research requires knowledge of Latin and other aspects of Ancient Greek and Roman civilization.
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.
Learning Ancient Greek is a multidimensional cultural experience with numerous and various benefits. What better way to fully enjoy such seminal texts from Homer to the New Testament than to read them in the original language? As a vehicle of a marvelous culture, Greek has strongly influenced other languages – English included – and the cultural heritage it disseminates is fundamental to many modern fields of study. Students of Greek improve their comprehension of English grammar and acquire excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Spanish is among the most widely spoken languages in the world today. In the United States, and especially in California and the Southwest, it is the first or second language for millions of people. Knowledge of Spanish gives you access to the rich literature and diverse cultures of Spain, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and an important sector of the United States. Students who choose to major in Spanish have a lively interest in language in general, and a curiosity about the cultures, language and literature of the Spanish-speaking world in particular.
A major in Russian not only provides instruction in speaking and understanding the Russian language, it exposes you to the richness of Russian literature and culture. Writers like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Nabokov; composers Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky; and painters Chagall and Kandinsky have all come from the great Russian tradition. At UC Davis, Russian classes are small group sessions taught by internationally-known professors. Education abroad and careers in international business and relations are open fields with a background in Russian from UC Davis.
The major in Middle East/South Asia Studies (MESA) offers comparative studies of the Middle East and South Asia, regions that have been integrally linked for centuries by trade, migration, exchange of scientific, mathematical, political and philosophical ideas, religion, literature and art. This region encompasses 44 countries, and the major focuses on the Arab Gulf, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, the Meghreb (North Africa), Palestine, Syria and Turkey.