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English at UC Merced

It is the mission of the UC Merced English Program to teach students the story of how stories are made, how they make a difference in the world, and how they form the foundation of knowledge itself.

The skills of critical thinking, interpretation, and writing that are developed in English classes are valued by multiple professions, including law, education, medicine, business, technology,  journalism, politics, and social work.

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Forbes: Want to get hired? Major in English!
Industries are nearly three times more likely to say they’d hire an English major with a credential over the fast-growing STEM major, cybersecurity.
From Poet to Park Ranger
Legendary Yosemite ranger (and frequent UCM visitor) Shelton Johnson was an English major, and has been telling the story of the Park's African-American buffalo soldiers for 25 years.
English majors perform in Shakespeare in Yosemite
Maria Nguyen-Cruz, Andrew Hardy, and Alejandro Serrano star in the Park
Shavone Charles
Shavone Charles ’12, named to Forbes 30 Under 30
Merced English Lit Alum Blazes Trails at Instagram, Founds New Company
English Majors Perform Original Research
Learn about our capstone, honors program, and undergrad research opportunity center.
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Upcoming Events


Playhouse Merced

Powerful one-woman show written and performed by the actor who has played more male Shakespearean roles than any woman in the world. FREE, at...
For Jane Austen lovers, a weekend of workshops, lectures, games, contests, themed vendors and opera version of Mansfield Park

COB 2 290

Dr. Katherine Steele Brokaw discusses art and activism, with reference to her work on Shakespeare in Yosemite. Open to all.  
Calling actors, musicians, and singers. Audition for Love's Labours Lost, which will be performed in Yosemite National Park the final weekend of...

Featured News

July 25, 2019
The third annual Shakespeare in Yosemite is an eco-production of 'As You Like It.'
July 25, 2019
For all avid readers who have been self-medicating with great books their entire lives, it comes as no surprise that reading books can be good for your mental health and your relationships with...
July 25, 2019
The goal of the UC's Critical Refugee Studies Collective is to make the UC the premier institution for critical research, teaching and public initiatives on refugees.