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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, B.A.

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In addition to adhering to the UC Merced and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts requirements, the English major requires 56 units. Courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade and may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis unless the course is only offered on a pass/no pass basis. Students must complete all major course prerequisites with a C- or better.

To be awarded a baccalaureate degree in English, students must successfully complete at least 56 units as follows:

Lower Division English Major Requirements [20 Units]

  • Complete one lower division seminar course chosen from ENG 050-089 [4 units]
  • Complete one additional lower division course chose from ENG 010-089 [4 units]

Complete one lower division writing course focused on writing in the humanities: [4 units]

Foreign Language Requirement: [8 units]

  • At least 2 semesters of college level foreign language instruction in one language.

Students must take at least one year of the same language. See the SSHA Advising website for more information on Foreign Language Placement:

Upper Division English Major Requirements [36 Units]

Transfer Students

Transfer students who wish to major in English should complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) at their community college. Transfer students may not be admitted to the English major without specific major preparation. Please contact the Office of Admissions for current information.

English Program Learning Outcomes

The proposed program learning outcomes of the major seek to articulate, in specific ways, how the successful student majoring in English will be able participate in this larger intellectual, historical, and esthetic conversation. Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Interpret texts with due sensitivity to both textual and contextual cues.
  2. Articulate an appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of texts by the standards of their times and places.
  3. Demonstrate historical, geographic, and cultural empathy by reading texts written in other times, places, and cultures.
  4. Apply interpretive strategies developed in literary study to other academic and professional contexts.
  5. Write cogently and with sensitivity to audience.

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