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English, B.A.

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In addition to adhering to General Education  and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Requirements , the English major requires 56 units (some of which simultaneously meet general education requirements). 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.

Lower Division English Major Requirements [24 Units]

Introductory Requirement [4 units]

Complete the following course:

Seminar Requirement [4 units]

Complete one lower division seminar course chosen from ENG 050-090.

Additional Lower Division Requirement [8 units]

Complete two additional lower division courses chosen from ENG 010-090. One course may be substituted with a course chosen from ENG 105-189. Consult a SSHA Academic Advisor for more information.

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: ssha-advising.ucmerced.edu/policies-and-procedures/foreign-language-placement-guidelines.

Upper Division English Major Requirements [32 Units]

Additional Upper Division English Requirement [12 units]

Three upper division seminar courses chosen from ENG 105-189. One course may be substituted with 4 units of ENG 192 ENG 195  and/or ENG 198 . Consult a SSHA Academic Advisor for more information.

Senior Thesis Requirement [4 units]

Complete the following course:

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. Below are the Transfer Admission Criteria for the English Major.

Transfer Selection Criteria

To be admitted to the English major transfer students must meet the following requirements:

Applicants will, at the time of admission have completed at minimum the following courses (or their equivalent) with a “C‐” or better:

  • At least two UC‐Transferable courses in English, Literature or English Literature

English Honors Program

UC Merced English majors may petition to join the English Honors Program, which will have additional requirements beyond the standard English major. Undergraduate majors who are accepted and successfully complete the Honors Program will receive a notation to that effect on their diploma and on their undergraduate transcript thereafter.

Students apply to join the Honors Program in the Spring of their third year. To be eligible for the Honors Program, an English major must achieve an overall GPA of 3.3 and a minimum GPA of 3.7 in the major. A student with a GPA in the major between 3.5 and 3.69 must petition the Honors Committee for an exemption. Students admitted to the English Honors Program will be required to enroll in the two semester Honors Senior Thesis sequence, ENG 193 and ENG 194. ENG 193 and 194 will count as two of the five upper division seminars required of all English majors, with one of the courses replacing ENG 190. Please contact SSHA Advising for more information.

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