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A Common Experience for All Undergraduates
Common Experience for All Undergraduates
UC Merced’s General Education program engages students with the values, practices, and contributions of a research university to provide a framework for integrative learning in the context of...
Intellectual Experience Badges
To demonstrate the fact that the new General Education Program has been integrated into all aspects of students’ experiences, the Intellectual Experience Badges can be completed with coursework...
Spark Seminars
The topic of each seminar is chosen by its instructor based on areas of research or special interest. An important part of the student Spark experience is engaging in in-depth study with a...
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Mission Statement

UC Merced’s General Education program engages students with the values, practices and contributions of a research university which provides a framework for integrative learning. We do so in the context of the culturally and economically diverse Central Valley. In tandem with the major and the co-curriculum, General Education supports student development of the Hallmarks of the Baccalaureate degree. It nurtures the spirit of critical inquiry, building students’ knowledge of various fields, cultures, and perspectives. General education fosters collaboration, communication, and ethical action. It empowers students to share their learning and skills to address the local and global challenges of an interconnected, changing world.