Overview of Graduate Group Programs:
The M.S. in Textiles degree gives students (1) an in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of textiles including the social and physical sciences in relation to textile usage, and (2) the ability to design and conduct research in textiles and to interpret and communicate the results and conclusions. The members of the graduate program include the faculty of the Division of Textiles and Clothing as well as faculty from other departments representing related fields such as cultural studies, design, psychology, consumer science, chemistry, engineering, and materials science.
Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, the oldest interdepartmental graduate group at UC Davis, is renowned for its multidisciplinary approach to research in applied chemistry. The Group consists of over 50 Ph.D. and M.S. students and more than 55 faculty members working in research areas that include analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, biological and toxicological chemistry, and food, fiber and polymer chemistry. One option for students is to apply fundamental chemical principles to the study of fibers and polymeric materials. Graduates are prepared to pursue research and development, as well as technical marketing and management positions in the fiber, polymer, and related industries, as well as university teaching and research careers.
The Graduate Group in Cultural Studies at UC Davis offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture and society that highlights how sexuality, race, ability, citizenship, gender, nationality, class and language organize embodied identities, social relations and cultural objects. This program, one of the few advanced degrees in Cultural Studies in the United States, emphasizes the linked analyses of these factors in relation to local community formations, transnationalism, (post)(neo)colonialism, and globalization. Drawing on faculty members from a wide range of disciplines and intellectual interests, the program cuts across the humanities, social sciences, the law school, and agricultural and environmental studies.