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The major in English at the University of California, Merced asks students to recognize the complex interactions of culture and literature. Literature and literary criticism are significant parts of an ages old, continuing conversation about the meaning and value of human society. Unlike scientific or social scientific approaches to this conversation, literary discourse emphasizes the particular in the dialogue between particular and universal. It always arises out of specific times, places, and cultural traditions, and it often gives powerful voice to cultural differences and individual differences against the backdrop of larger, homogenizing forces. Moreover, literature has traditionally fore-grounded questions of value over questions of definition, or rather, sees questions of value as central to the definition of humanity itself.

The study of literature enables one to engage this conversation 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.

For additional information on the English major at UC Merced, please visit the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts website.

English Four Year Major Plans

Below, please find four year plans for a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Students should choose the plan that corresponds to the catalog year in which they matriculated to UC Merced. For more information on catalog rights, please click here.


English Major Planning Guide

Below is the planning guide for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.


Cognate Upper Division Course List

LIT Course Substitution List - View the LIT course substitutions for English Major requirements.

ENG 100

Effective Fall 2018, ENG/SPAN 100 will no longer be offered. English majors who have yet to complete ENG 100 must complete ENG 010: Foundations of Literary Studies. ENG 010: Foundations of Literary Studies will only be offered once per year, during the Fall semester. Students should complete ENG 010 early in their English-major careers, for this course is meant to serve as a helpful foundational introduction to the English major and th to the art of literary analysis.

ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 103, ENG 104

These courses are only offered in alternating pairs every other year. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead.

  • ENG 101 will be offered in Fall semesters of even years (i.e. Fall 2018, Fall 2020, Fall 2022, etc.)
  • ENG 102 will be offered in Spring semesters of odd years (i.e. Spring 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2023, etc.)
  • ENG 103 will be offered in Fall semesters of odd years (i.e. Fall 2019, Fall 2021, Fall 2023, etc.)
  • ENG 104 will be offered in Spring semesters of even years (i.e. Spring 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2024, etc.)