MERR - Merrill College

MERR 1 Academic Literacy and Ethos: Reading Ourselves, Reading the World

Teaches foundational concepts for intellectual exploration and personal development within an academic community: analysis, critical thinking, metacognition, engagement with others across difference, and self-efficacy. Engages students in Merrill's intellectual tradition of investigating social change and social justice.

Credits

5

Instructor

The Staff

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year college members.

Quarter offered

Fall

MERR 3L Precalculus Academy Lab

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 by permission of the instructor.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall

MERR 28 Peer Leadership in Co-Curricular Settings

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.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

MERR 50 Merrill Alumni Careers in Public Service

Course focuses on careers in public service--why choose one, how to prepare for one.

Credits

2

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 80C Merrill Seminar

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.

Credits

5

MERR 85B Merrill Classroom Connection Field Study

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. This course requires more hours than course 85C and involves travel to Pescadero twice per week.

Credits

3

Requirements

Priority enrollment restricted to Merrill College members.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 85C Merrill Classroom Connection Field Study

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.

Credits

2

Requirements

Priority enrollment is restricted to Merrill College members.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 90 Theory and Practice of Field Study

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

Michael Rotkin

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to College Scholar Students.

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Fall

MERR 90F Merrill Field Study Practicum

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.

Credits

2

Instructor

Michael Rotkin

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior college members.

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Winter, Spring

MERR 90S Theory and Practice of Field Study

Students spend 10 hours a week on an internship they choose, with the support of the instructor, working with a local organization. Includes class lectures and discussions of readings.

Credits

2

Instructor

Michael Rotkin

General Education Code

PR-S

MERR 93 Field Study

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.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 93F Field Study

Provides for individual program of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Approval of instructor required.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 93G Field Study

Provides for individual programs of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Approval of instructor required.

Credits

3

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 98F Independent Study

Independent Study

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

MERR 99 Tutorial

Various topics to be arranged between student and instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 99F Tutorial

Various topics to be arranged between student and instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 120 Personal Empowerment

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

Frank Andrews

MERR 180 Research Skills for College and Beyond

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.

Credits

2

Instructor

The Staff

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior college members.

MERR 183F Focus on Africa

Equips students with the skills and background necessary to be informed observers and chroniclers of current affairs on the African continent.

Credits

2

Instructor

Melvin Cox

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Spring

MERR 192 Directed Student Teaching

Teaching of a lower-division seminar by an upper-division student under faculty supervision. (See course 42.) Students submit petition to sponsoring agency, supported by faculty member willing to supervise.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 193 Field Study

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 one quarter. Approval of student's adviser and provost required.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 193F Field Study

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 one quarter. Approval of student's adviser and provost required.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 193G Field Study

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 one quarter. Approval of student's adviser and provost required.

Credits

3

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 194 Group Tutorial

A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and a faculty member.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 195 Senior Research Project

Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 198 Independent Field Study

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.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 198F Independent Study

Independent Study

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

MERR 199 Tutorial

Various topics to be arranged between student and instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring