Writing Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the role of literacy in shaping who we are and the world around us. In Writing Studies at UC Merced, we explore how a wide range of “writing”—from print-based genres, creative writing, and professional documents to digital technologies, generative A.I., and even live performance—can offer us access to self-knowledge, sense of belonging, agency, and social impact.
A minor in writing explicitly engages students in the writing process and fosters their development as writers in academic and pre-professional contexts.
Writing courses train students in academic discourse and provide them with extensive opportunities for professional development within and across the disciplines. Emphasizing writing as a process, writing minor courses offer challenging curricula that develop students' abilities to research, synthesize, and innovate.