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School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

Humanities, Arts or Foreign Language Courses

These requirements below apply to students with a catalog year 2011-2012 through 2017-2018. Students with a catalog year of 2010-2011 or earlier should consult Audit or their advisor for their appropriate GE requirements. Students with a catalog year of 2018-2019 or later may find their GE requirements on their Audit and their catalog.

Natural Sciences & Engineering Courses

  • ENGR 040: History of Technology in Society I
  • ENGR 041: History of Technology in Society I

SSHA Courses

  • ARTS 001A: Learning to See: Beginner Drawing**
  • ARTS 002C: Introduction to Vocal Jazz Repertoire**
  • ARTS 002D: Introduction to Musical Theater Vocals**
  • ARTS 003: Learning to See: Painting**
  • ARTS 003B: Learning to See: Intermediate Painting**
  • ARTS 004A: Learning to See in Three Dimensions**
  • ARTS 004B: Introduction to Sculpture**
  • ARTS 005A: Learning to Listen: Beginner Music**
  • ARTS 006: Introduction to Music Studies**
  • ARTS 007: ArtScore: Introduction to Global Arts Studies Program**
  • ARTS 008A: Learning to Perform: Beginner Acting**
  • ARTS 009: Learning to See: Beginning Photography**
  • ARTS 010: Substances of Art**
  • ARTS 011: Substances of Music**
  • ARTS 012: Substances of Architecture**
  • ARTS 013: Substances of Visual Arts**
  • ARTS 015: History of Western Art Music**
  • ARTS 016: History of Popular Music**
  • ARTS 017: Music and Society**
  • ARTS 019: Love Songs**
  • ARTS 020: Fundamentals of Two Dimensional Design**
  • ARTS 021: Fundamentals of Three Dimensional Design**
  • ARTS 022: Making Electronic Music (Fall 2015 and later)**
  • ARTS 023: Multimedia Studio**
  • ARTS 026A: Fundamentals of Music**
  • ARTS 027B: Introduction to Music Technology**
  • ARTS 028: Meaning in Music**
  • ARTS 031: Critical Popular Music Studies**
  • ARTS 032: Introduction to Jazz Studies: History of Jazz**
  • ARTS 033: Popular Bombay Cinema**
  • ARTS 036: Introduction to Art Song**
  • ARTS 040: Global Art History **
  • ARTS 042A: Introduction to Photographic Techniques & Practices**
  • ARTS 050: Music of the Atlantic World**
  • ARTS 051: Music of the Pacific World **
  • ARTS 052: Music of the Caribbean World **
  • ARTS 053: European Art History **
  • ARTS 066A: Introduction to Nordic Music Ensemble**
  • ARTS 067A: Introduction to Muscial Inprovisation **
  • ARTS 068: Experimental Ensemble **
  • ARTS 070: Techniques of Contemporary Artists**
  • ARTS 071: Techniques of Interdisciplinary Research in Arts**
  • ARTS 075: Performative Storytelling **
  • ARTS 077: Songwriting**
  • CCST 060: Introduction to Chicano/a Culture and Experiences
  • CHN 001: Elementary Chinese I
  • CHN 002: Elementary Chinese II
  • CHN 003: Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHN 004: Intermediate Chinese II
  • CRES 001: Intro to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (Fall 2017 and later)
  • ENG 010: Foundations of Literary Studies
  • ENG 017: Why Harry Potter? Why Literature?
  • ENG 020: Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ENG 021: Jane Austen and Popular Culture
  • ENG 030: Literature of Childhood
  • ENG 031: Introduction to African-American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 032: Introduction to Chicano/a Culture and Experiences
  • ENG 033: Literature and Sexuality
  • ENG 050: Readings in Close Readings 
  • ENG 052: Politics and Prose of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • ENG 054: Introduction to the American Novel (Fall 2015 and later)
  • ENG 055: Introduction to the Short Story (Fall 2015 and later)
  • ENG 056: Introduction to World Drama (Fall 2016 and later)
  • ENG 057: Introduction to Poetry (Fall 2016 and later)
  • ENG 064: LBGT Fiction
  • ENG 066: Literary Romance
  • ENG 067: Environmental Ethics in Beast Fables
  • ENG 071: Literature of Illness and Disability
  • ENG 090: Topics in Literature 
  • FRE 001: Elementary French I
  • FRE 002: Elementary French II
  • FRE 003: Intermediate French I
  • FRE 004: Intermediate French II
  • GASP 001: Introduction to Global Arts Studies
  • GASP 002: Introduction to Music Studies
  • GASP 003: Introduction to Visual Culture
  • GASP 004: Introduction to Arts and Cultural Studies
  • GASP 005: Introduction to the Arts and Technology
  • GASP 006: Global Art History
  • GASP 007: Music in Society
  • GASP 010: Drawing I
  • GASP 011: Painting I
  • GASP 012: Asia Pacific Art
  • GASP 012a: Sculpture I
  • GASP 013: Latin American Art
  • GASP 013a: Design I
  • GASP 014: Photography I
  • GASP 015: History of Western Art Music
  • GASP 015a: Multimedia I
  • GASP 016: History of Popular Music (Spring 2018 and prior)
  • GASP 017: Music and Society
  • GASP 019: Love Songs
  • GASP 020: Video I
  • GASP 021: Ethnomusicology
  • GASP 022: Making Electronic Music (Fall 2015 and later)
  • GASP 023: Music of Asia Pacific (Spring 2018 and prior)
  • GASP 024: Introduction to Film Analysis 
  • GASP 025: Music of the Middle East (Spring 2018 and prior)
  • GASP 026: Music in the World's Religions
  • GASP 028: Meaning in Music
  • GASP 030a: Latin Music Ensemble
  • GASP 030b: South Asian Music Ensemble 
  • GASP 030c: Swing Band
  • GASP 030d: Nordic Music Ensemble
  • GASP 031: Critical Popular Music Studies
  • GASP 031a: Latin Dance Ensemble
  • GASP 031b: South Asian Dance Ensemble
  • GASP 031c: Swing Dance Ensemble
  • GASP 031d: Nordic Dance Ensemble
  • GASP 032: Introduction to Jazz Studies: History of Jazz (Spring 2018 and prior)
  • GASP 033: Popular Bombay Cinema
  • GASP 034: The American Musical
  • GASP 034a: Songwriting
  • GASP 036a: Making Electronic Music
  • GASP 040: Global Art History 
  • GASP 041a: Performative Storytelling
  • GASP 051: Music of the Pacific World 
  • GASP 052: Music of the Caribbean World 
  • GASP 053: European Art History
  • GASP 055a: Asia Art
  • GASP 055b: Arts of the Islamic World
  • GASP 055c: History of European Art and Architecture
  • GASP 056: Contemporary Art
  • GASP 059: Topics in Visual Culture
  • GASP 060: Introduction to Film Analysis 
  • GASP 065a: Bollywood
  • GASP 066a: The American Musical 
  • GASP 070a: Music of the Pacific World
  • GASP 070b: Music of the Atlantic World
  • GASP 070c: Music of the Caribbean World
  • GASP 072a: Popular Musics
  • GASP 075a: Meaning in Music
  • GASP 075b: Love Songs
  • GASP 079a: Topics in Music
  • GASP 079b: Topics in Dance
  • GASP 089a: Topics in Theater
  • HIST 005: History of Cartography
  • HIST 008: Topics in World History
  • HIST 010: Introduction to World History to 1500
  • HIST 011: Introduction to World History Since 1500
  • HIST 016: The Forging of the United States, 1607-1877
  • HIST 017: The Modern United States, 1877-Present
  • HIST 025: Introduction to Environmental History
  • HIST 027: History of Food
  • HIST 030: Early European History
  • HIST 030A: Medieval Europe
  • HIST 030B: Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 031: Modern European History
  • HIST 035: Making of the Atlantic World, 1450-1800
  • HIST 039: Topics in U.S. History
  • HIST 040: History of Technology in Society I
  • HIST 041: History of Technology in Society II
  • HIST 042: The Body in Health and Disease - An Introduction o the History of Medicine
  • HIST 060: The Silk Road
  • HIST 071: History of Islam II: From the Caliphate to the Present
  • HIST 080: History of China Through the Mongol Conquest
  • HIST 081: History of China Since the Mongol Conquest
  • JPN 001: Elementary Japanese I
  • JPN 002: Elementary Japanese II
  • JPN 003: Intermediate Japanese I
  • JPN 004: Intermediate Japanese II
  • LIT 020: Introduction to World Culture and Literature*
  • LIT 021: Introduction to World Culture and Literature II*
  • LIT 030: Introduction to American Literature*
  • LIT 031: Introduction to American Literature II*
  • LIT 032: American Women Writers*
  • LIT 040: Introduction to British Literature*
  • LIT 041: Introduction to British Literature II*
  • LIT 042: British Women Writers*
  • LIT 050: Introduction to Hispanic Literature I*
  • LIT 051: Introduction to Hispanic Literature II*
  • LIT 055: Introduction to Portuguese and Brazilian Literature and Culture*
  • LIT 060: Introduction to Chicano Culture and Experiences*
  • LIT 061: Hispanic/Latino Children's Literature and Film*
  • LIT 067: Multicultural Children's Literature*
  • LIT 069: U.S. Latino Literature*
  • PHIL 001: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 002: Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 003: Applied Ethics
  • PHIL 004: Critical Reasoning
  • SPAN 001: Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 002: Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 003: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 004: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 010: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
  • SPAN 011: Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
  • SPAN 050: Introduction to Hispanic Literatures I
  • SPAN 051: Introduction to Hispanic Literatures II
  • SPAN 060: Introduction to Chicano/a Culture and Experiences
  • WH 001: Introduction to World History
  • WH 002: Introduction to Digital Heritage
  • WH 003: International Heritage
  • WH 004: World Heritage in Maps: An Introduction to Cartography and GIS
  • WH 010: Cultural Geography

**Transfer Students: Please see an academic advisor to confirm that you have completed IGETC, UC Reciprocity, or TAG to fulfill these required areas.

* As of Summer 2013, UC Merced will no longer offer courses in Literature
** As of Fall 2017, UC Merced will no longer offer courses in Arts