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Alumna works for Americorps

Ignacia Chu-Jacoby, '14, partners with Boys and Girls Club and Google to help Menlo Park tech companies bring computer science to underserved children.

Alumna works in UCM library

Latasha Means '12 has worked for UCM's Merritt Writing Program and Merced College’s Library. She is now the Technical Services coordinator at the UCM library.

Alum works with pro athletes

Alex Curtis, '14, works at a financial firm for pro athletes while pursuing her Masters in sports management at University of San Francisco.
Alex Curtis, '14, works at a financial firm for pro athletes while pursuing her Masters in sports management at University of San Francisco.

Alum pursues writing MFA

Eddie Gomez '14 (right) works a booth for Fresno State's literary magazine at a conference. Eddie is writing a thesis on third wave coffee in the US.

Alumna gets MA in library science

Victoria Haidel, '11, received her masters in Library Sciences at San Jose St. and is now the night/weekend coordinator of the UCM library.

The major and minor in English at the University of California, Merced, ask students to recognize the complex interactions of culture and literature. Literature and literary criticism are significant parts of an age-old, continuing conversation about the meaning and value of human society. So we think about the way artists and thinkers across centuries have used literature to ask big questions, tell stories and create beauty.

The study of literature enables one to engage these conversations richly, both for personal development and for the ability it gives one to be a responsible agent in the many societies each person inhabits.

Moreover, literary study gives one insight into how cultures operate in such a way as to facilitate ethical cross-cultural interactions. Literary study facilitates such agency by teaching readers how to understand — an understanding that engages intellectual, ethical and aesthetic faculties — and then critique literary artifacts.