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Individual Major

College of Letters and Science

Program Office. 200 Social Sciences and Humanities Building (Undergraduate Education and Advising office); http://www.ls.ucdavis.edu/students
Committee in Charge
John Teming, Ph.D., Chairperson (Physics)
Adewale Adebanwi, Ph.D. (African American and African Studies)
Prabir Burman. Ph.D. (Statistics)
Diana Davis, Ph.D. (History)
Sara Perrault, Ph.D. (University Writing Program)
Student Proposal. A student who wishes to propose an individual major must submit the proposal to the Faculty Committee on Individual Majors in the College of Letters and Science prior to reaching 120 units. The proposal must be submitted by the end of the fourth week of the quarter. This proposal will consist of (1) an essay, identifying the specific educational and professional objectives, including an indication of why the objectives cannot be met within existing majors, (2) a list of courses planned to complete the major, and (3) faculty adviser recommendations. The proposal will be reviewed and a decision provided the quarter of submittal. It is important that you carefully review the information in the Individual Majors Handbook; available at http://ls.ucdavis.edu/advising/academic-pdfs/individual-major-handbook.pdf.

A.B. and B.S. Major Requirements:

Preparatory Subject Matter
Lower division courses basic to the program or needed to satisfy prerequisites for upper division requirements.
Depth Subject Matter
Upper division units must include:
(a) interrelated and complementary courses from two or more departments which provide a unified pattern and focus;
(b) at least 30 units from Letters and Science teaching departments or programs;
(c) no more than 10 units in courses numbered 194H, 198 and 199;
(d) for the A.B. degree, a maximum of 80 units toward the major; for the B.S. degree, a maximum of 110 units toward the major.
Total Units for Degree
Major Advisers (selected by student). Principal Adviser: a faculty member in a teaching department or program in the College of Letters and Science in the major field of emphasis. Secondary Adviser: a faculty member from a secondary area of interest.
Honors Program. By the fourth week of the last quarter of the junior year, students potentially eligible for high or highest honors at graduation (see College section), may petition the Individual Majors Committee for tentative acceptance into an honors program.
Final admission will depend upon the Committee's approval of a senior thesis prospectus that has been agreed upon by the student and faculty adviser. The prospectus must be presented to the Committee by the end of the fourth full week of instruction of the first quarter of the senior year. Graduation with high or highest honors will be conditional upon both the maintenance of the required grade point average and the satisfactory completion of the senior thesis project. Students who anticipate doing a senior honors thesis should allow up to three units of independent study in the program during each of two quarters in the senior year as course options.
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