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

Literatures and Cultures Minor*

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The Literatures and Cultures minor enables students who are majoring in other disciplines to nonetheless develop strong skills in literary and cultural analysis, critical reading, and effective writing. Literary study asks questions of history and culture, of gender and minority thought and discourse, of intersections with other fields such as cognitive science, social science, and information science. The UC Merced Minor in Literatures and Cultures seeks to ensure both that students understand the basic notion of cultural production and reception, and that they are, through a variety of courses, familiarized with the relationships between society and literature, between reading and thinking, and between self and societal forms of expression.

*The minor in Literatures and Cultures will be discontinued effective Fall 2014.

Minimum Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of five Literature courses, including at least one lower division LIT course and at least four must be upper division. While the major requires a field of concentration, the minor may be drawn from all Literatures and Cultures offerings. Students are encouraged to develop a focus in consultation with faculty and with SSHA advising staff. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. An exception can be made for one course with written permission from the English and Spanish faculty.

The following guidelines pertain to all SSHA minors:

  • To complete any SSHA minor, students must complete a minimum of five courses, at least four of which must be upper division.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) in upper division courses is required. The only exception is a minor in Arts, for which the minimum GPA in upper division courses is 2.7 (B-).
  • At least three of the five required courses must be taken at UC Merced.
  • Only one course may be used simultaneously to satisfy requirements for two minors.
  • Only one course may be used to satisfy both a minor and a major requirement.
  • Students must consult the UC Merced General Catalog for prerequisites to required courses.

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