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Program Overview

As one of the larger academic units on the new UC-Merced campus, the Merritt Writing Program (MWP) has a large range of faculty expertise.  Our faculty’s research areas include: creative writing, professional and technical writing, literacy studies, multimodal composition, rhetorical theory, writing pedagogy and assessment, and writing program administration. 

We offer an array of courses in which students explore the art of critical thinking, craft their written expression, and address a variety of issues and audiences. Our students learn to use language actively, inventively, and responsibly by exchanging their work at all stages of their writing process while building cumulative portfolios. Our interdisciplinary approach to writing offers students the opportunity to reflect broadly on their college education as well as to consider a range of pre-professional and academic opportunities.

Faculty in the Merritt Writing Program generally teach courses in first-year writing, creative and professional writing, upper division academic writing as well as Spark seminars that form a part of UC Merced's General Education program.  Many of these courses are a part of the UC Merced Writing Studies minor.

Our classes feature the following: about twenty students per section; teacher-student conferences; frequent written and verbal feedback on writing and ideas; interdisciplinary teaching, ranging from scientific literacy to aesthetic appreciation; conversational and collaborative in-class projects; portfolio projects that emphasize process and product in writing; and detailed assessment of student learning and teaching effectiveness. All courses are writing-intensive.