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About English at UC Merced

The UC Merced English program offers a major and minorStudies show that English majors and other humanities majors achieve substantially greater gains than business, technology, and engineering majors in writing ability, complex reasoning, and critical thinking—skills that today’s employers are actively seeking.   

We teach literature from across the world

Our many and varied courses cover literature of all kinds, from medieval England to 18th century India to modern day California, and most fulfill several General Education requirements including the Arts and Humanities Approaches to Knowledge requirement, and badges including Literary and Textual Analysis, Societies and Cultures of the Past, Diversity and Identity, Global Awareness, and Sustainability.


Our classes are small

At UC Merced, 3/4 of all English classes offered each term have class size of 25 or fewer, giving students opportunities for personalized feedback from professors and small group discussion. In other words, our program has University of California faculty and resources, but class sizes similar to those of a small liberal arts college. 



Our faculty are scholarly leaders and dedicated teachers

Bobcat DayOur faculty have an impressive record of research and scholarly accomplishment, and have published, collectively, nearly thirty books. We are members of department of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures at UC Merced, and proudly teach in the English undergraduate program as well as the Interdisciplinary Humanities graduate program.


Our graduates are successful

Our UC Merced English majors have gone on to become tech entrepreneurs, lawyers, medical professionals, teachers, non-profit leaders, librarians, park rangers, and more and have been admitted to top literature, creative writing, theatre, and law graduate programs across the country. Employability is just one of many reasons to consider a major or minor in English.