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Course Title
Course Level
Units
MERR 3L
Precalculus Academy Lab
Lower Division
2 units
Students use worksheets designed to help them solve problems by thinking critically, and participate in answering project-based questions relevant to the themes of their college core courses. Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 2 or placement (MP) score of 200 or higher. Concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 3 is required. Enrollment is restricted to Merrill and Crown college members. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. (Also offered as Crown College 3L. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 40. May be repeated for credit.
MERR 10
Becoming a Successful Student
Lower Division
2 units
An interactive course providing the opportunity to assess and revise methods of and purposes in studying. Critical, effective approaches to reading, writing, participating in lectures and sections, taking exams, balancing competing responsibilities, and utilizing campus resources are explored. Contact college office for interview-only criteria. Enrollment limited to 30.
MERR 20N
Re-Evaluation Counseling
Lower Division
5 units
Class introduces the fundamentals of re-evaluation counseling (co-counseling) and focuses on those aspects of the theory and practice which facilitate living in a diverse world. Interview with instructor before first class meeting. Enrollment limited to 20. Offered in alternate academic years.
MERR 28
Peer Leadership in Co-Curricular Settings
Lower Division
2 units
Introductory course for student leaders combining theoretical background and practical applications. Topics include: student-development theory; communication strategies; leadership-skills assessment; and intergroup relations. Includes readings, discussions, self-reflection, and lectures. Resident assistant (RA) pre-employment training course. Enrollment by interview only: approval of instructor required. Enrollment restricted to selection as resident assistant (RA), program assistant, or alternate for Merrill College. Enrollment limited to 30. May be repeated for credit.
MERR 38
Leadership for Social Change
Lower Division
2 units
Students in this course explore and discuss the applicability of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (Wagner, 1996) within the immediate UCSC, Crown College, and Merrill College communities. Students draw connections between concepts of leadership, community development, and community service. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students must have a leadership role (e.g., R.A., student government) with Crown College or Merrill College. (Also offered as Crown College 38. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
MERR 50
Merrill Alumni Careers in Public Service
Lower Division
2 units
Course focuses on careers in public service--why choose one, how to prepare for one. Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 30.
MERR 80A
Introduction to University Discourse: Cultural Identities and Global Consciousness
Lower Division
5 units
Explores rhetorical principles and conventions of university discourse, providing intensive practice in analytical writing, critical reading, and speaking. Examines world poverty, imperialism, and nationalism; peoples' need to assert their cultural identities; and the benefits of individuals' absorption in worthy causes. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80B. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members who have not satisfied the C1 requirement. (General Education Code(s): C1.)
MERR 80B
Rhetoric and Inquiry: Cultural Identities and Global Consciousness
Lower Division
5 units
Explores the intersections of investigation, interpretation, and persuasion and hones strategies for writing and research. Examines world poverty, imperialism, and nationalism; peoples' need to assert their cultural identities; and the benefits of individuals' absorption in worthy causes. Incorporates outside research. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80A. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and C1 requirements. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members. (General Education Code(s): C2.)
MERR 80C
Merrill Seminar
Lower Division
5 units
Research-based seminar on a topic of particular cultural, historical, or contemporary interest, open to all undergraduate students, taught by either a Merrill College Fellow or other member of the UCSC faculty.
MERR 80F
Communicating Cultural Consciousness
Lower Division
2 units
Examines cultural identity within the context of larger global forces. Uses one in-depth study as a model and the daily news. Students work together in groups to develop multimodal projects that communicate cultural consciousness. Enrollment is restricted to first-year Merrill students who have been placed in the Multilingual Curriculum. Enrollment limited to 22. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
MERR 83F
Topics in Foreign Policy
Lower Division
2 units
Students read and evaluate mainstream and Internet media sources on foreign-policy topics of interest to them, and learn the craft of writing news columns--writing for a public audience--on their chosen foreign-policy topics. Prerequisite(s): Satisfaction of the college core course. Merrill students are offered first priority. Enrollment limited to 25.
MERR 85B
Merrill Classroom Connection Field Study
Lower Division
3 units
Supervised hands-on experience assisting in local K-12 school classrooms. Students attend UCSC class meetings, complete relevant readings in educational theory, and present a final assignment. Priority enrollment restricted to Merrill College members. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
MERR 85C
Merrill Classroom Connection Field Study
Lower Division
2 units
Supervised hands-on experience assisting in local K-12 school classrooms. Students also attend UCSC course meetings, complete relevant readings in educational theory, and present a final assignment. Please see http://merrill.ucsc.edu/academics/programs-and-courses/classroom-connection/index.html for conditions that must be met prior to placement at local schools. Priority enrollment restricted to Merrill College members. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
MERR 90
Theory and Practice of Field Study
Lower Division
5 units
Course provides an opportunity for lower-division students to learn about Santa Cruz, Calif., its contemporary history, culture, and politics through classroom theoretical learning integrated with individual field studies. Course also examines social change, qualitative research, and community organizing. Enrollment is restricted to College Scholar Students. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
MERR 90F
Merrill Field Study Practicum
Lower Division
2 units
Offers Merrill students an opportunity for practical field study experience with preparation and support for practical skill development and critical reflection on service-learning experience. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior college members. Enrollment limited to 30. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
MERR 91F
Challenge Speakers Colloquium
Lower Division
2 units
Eight lectures, six by faculty about research problems in their disciplines. Students attend two dinners with the speakers; respond to research papers in each speaker's field; conduct a research interview with a professor; and investigate a research question. (Also offered as Stevenson College 91F and Kresge College 91F and Porter College 91F. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): course 90, or Stevenson 90, or Kresge 90C, or Porter 90B. Enrollment restricted to college members.
MERR 93
Field Study
Lower Division
5 units
Provides for individual programs of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Up to three such courses may be taken for credit in any one quarter. Approval of student's adviser and provost required.
MERR 93F
Field Study
Lower Division
2 units
Provides for individual program of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Approval of instructor required. May be repeated for credit.
MERR 93G
Field Study
Lower Division
3 units
Provides for individual programs of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Approval of instructor required. May be repeated for credit.
MERR 99
Tutorial
Lower Division
5 units
Various topics to be arranged between student and instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
MERR 99F
Tutorial
Lower Division
2 units
Various topics to be arranged between student and instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
MERR 120
Personal Empowerment
Upper Division
5 units
Intensive course on individual goal-oriented behavior, commonly called problem solving. Focus on purpose, goals, meaning, emotions, languages, model-building, reality, thinking, logic, creativity, the steps of problem solving, common blocks, and techniques of unblocking. Meet with instructor prior to advance enrollment; priority given to upper-level students. Enrollment limited to 20.
MERR 180
Research Skills for College and Beyond
Upper Division
2 units
Focuses on exploration/development of skills for planning, study habits, research, networking, and communication skills for college, graduate and professional school, and beyond. Primary focus is on writing, public speaking, and academic and professional research. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior college members. Enrollment limited to 15.
MERR 183F
Focus on Africa
Upper Division
2 units
Equips students with the skills and background necessary to be informed observers and chroniclers of current affairs on the African continent. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit.
MERR 194
Group Tutorial
Upper Division
5 units
A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and a faculty member.
MERR 195
Senior Research Project
Upper Division
5 units
Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
MERR 198
Independent Field Study
Upper Division
5 units
Provides for college-sponsored individual study programs off campus, for which faculty supervision is not in person (e.g., supervision is by correspondence). Up to three such courses may be taken for credit in any one quarter. This may be a multiple-term course extending over two or three quarters; in this case the grade and evaluation submitted for the final quarter apply to all previous quarters. Petitions may be obtained at the Merrill College Office. Approval of student's adviser, certification of adequate preparation, and approval by the Merrill Provost required. May be repeated for credit.
MERR 199
Tutorial
Upper Division
5 units
Various topics to be arranged between student and instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.