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A Common Experience for All Undergraduates
UC Merced's ePortfolio allows each students a place to track their learning experiences and educational journey. This portfolio also helps students prepare for life after graduation. 
Intellectual Experience Badges
Intellectual Experience Badges can be completed with coursework or through experiences outside the classroom. In this way, students are encouraged to study abroad to learn about other cultures, seek...
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.