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  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

The Karen Merritt Writing Program


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The Karen Merritt Writing Program is charged with carrying out the university’s mission “to convey information to and communicate and interact effectively with multiple audiences, using advanced skills in written and other modes of communication” (Guiding Principles for General Education at UC Merced).

The Karen Merritt Writing Program offers an array of courses in which students explore the art of critical thinking, craft their written expression, and address a variety of issues and audiences.

Students learn to use language actively, inventively, and responsibly by exchanging their work at all stages of their writing process while building cumulative portfolios. The faculty’s interdisciplinary approach to writing offers students the opportunity to reflect broadly on their college education as well as to consider a range of pre-professional and academic opportunities.

Writing classes generally feature about twenty students per section; teacher-student conferences; frequent written and verbal feedback on writing and ideas; interdisciplinary teaching, ranging from scientific literacy to aesthetic appreciation; conversational and collaborative in-class projects; portfolio projects that emphasize process and product in writing; and detailed assessment of student learning and teaching effectiveness. For more details, please visit writingprogram.ucmerced.edu.

Writing Program Learning Outcomes


After completing the Writing Minor curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate engagement with the multi-stage processes of critical reading, formal writing, and public speaking.
  2. Select and apply the appropriate conventions of personal, academic, or professional forms of expression.
  3. Synthesize diverse perspectives through collaboration in academic discourse communities.
  4. Craft language that reveals aesthetic awareness.
  5. Apply professional ethical standards to the research process and its public representation.

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