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"I read to lose myself and find myself at the same time." - Imani Mosley

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.

Stories allow the marginalized to be heard by the powerful: they help humans understand each other’s past and present, and they help us imagine different futures.

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.

Our small class sizes, supportive professors, and brilliant, kind students make our program one of the most nurturing on campus, and in the UC system. There's a reason our English majors talk about our progam as a "family"!

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Students, prospective students, and alumni: follow us on Instagram @ucmercedenglish and Facebook here

Becoming Othello: A Black Girl's Journey
Debra Ann Byrd's one-woman show comes to UC Merced virtually March 3-5, with a Live Zoom talk-back March 5th at 7:00 pm
A career in teaching?
Learn more about how to pursue a career in teaching after graduation
English class writes and performs original pandemic play
Dr. Bristin Jones's Nature Writing and the Environment Class creates new art for our time
Students conduct original research
English majors Cathryn Flores and Ying Wei Flores '22 carry out research projects on music, theatre, and the environment in Summer 2020
Five new professors join English program
Top-notch scholars and teachers strengthen research and classes at UC Merced.

Upcoming Events

Debra Ann Byrd's acclaimed solo show, Becoming Othello: A Black Girl's Journey will be made available from this webiste and arts....
Hundred Flowers Hidden Deep: Queer Aesthetics and Sensibiltiy in Chinese Cinema A talk and Q&A with Dr. Weisong Gao. Monday, February 22, 4...
Interactive lecture about Shakespeare in America with renowned Shakespeare scholar and Shakespeare in Yosemite co-founder Dr. Paul Prescott....
UC Merced Extension's Teacher Preparation Program, designed by expert educators, delivers the knowledge and skills necessary for you to become an...
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Featured News

December 19, 2020
Class co-writes and performs "The House Off Olive Avenue: Quarantine Voices in the San Joaquín valley."
September 6, 2020
UC Merced undergraduate students and faculty partner with Merced Shakespearefest​ t​o produce the bilingual, English-Spanish Shakespearean web series ​Ricardo El Segundo (Richard II)​, premiering in...
July 13, 2020
In 2020 and 2021, UC Merced's department of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures is welcoming five new faculty members.