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Writing Studies

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.

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Writing Minor

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.

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December 5, 2023

The UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal published its 16th edition, volume 1 in Fall 2023 through eScholarship. The journal is staffed by undergraduate students who are mentored by Writing...

October 2, 2023
UC Merced launches first Writing Studies Major Cohort in Fall 2023
May 5, 2023

Seven students from WRI 122 ("Stand-Up Comedy? Seriously!") took to the stage at the GAMWS Showcase in May 2023 – their comedic monologues proved the adage that laughter is the...