UC Merced Extends Application Deadline, Offers More New Majors

Editor's note: Only select programs are open for the extended application period at Davis and Los Angeles.

MERCED - Students who want to get in on the ground floor of a new UC campus with all its new programs and enjoy a world-class UC education in a more intimate setting have even more opportunity now, as the application deadline for UC Merced has been extended.

UC Merced will continue to accept applications through the spring.

UC Merced joins three other campuses - Davis, Los Angeles and Riverside - in offering a longer application period to allow prospective students a chance to learn more about programs. Those include UC Merced's newest majors, some just approved in the past few weeks. For information about admissions, visit http://admissions.ucmerced.edu/.

As of fall 2007, students will be able to earn bachelor's of arts degrees in political science and history, which were recently added to the growing list of programs at UC Merced.

Already this fall, the university had added economics and cognitive science, which means that next fall, students will have at least 18 majors to choose from - double the number the campus opened with in 2005.

And more programs, such as literature, are in the works.

As the school's roster of prestigious faculty expands, so do the number of course and major offerings. That draws more students,

Among this year's new Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts faculty: Stephen Nicholson, whose interests are in American politics, voting behavior, public opinion, political psychology and direct democracy; Alexander Whalley, who studies the economics of labor markets; and Thomas Hansford, who researches judicial politics, interactions between the Supreme Court and Congress and interpretation of precedent at the Supreme Court.

Faculty members work together to develop interdisciplinary curriculum to benefit the students and create fresh opportunities for learning.

For example, all history students will have an applied research requirement in their junior years, and will each complete a senior thesis.

"That allows them to pursue their own interests in depth, explore possible careers and graduate with a major piece of original research," said founding faculty member Ruth Mostern.

The school's newest majors are housed within the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, one of the university's three schools. Engineering and Natural Sciences are the others.

UC Merced also added new minors this year, including political science and anthropology.

"This is the natural evolution of the school," said Hans Bjornsson, interim dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.

Majors as of fall 2007:
Computer science and engineering
Environmental engineering
Materials sciences and engineering
Mechanical engineering
Applied mathematical sciences
Biological sciences
Chemical sciences
Earth systems science
Cognitive science
Social and cognitive sciences
World cultures
Political science

Minors as of fall 2007:
American studies
Cognitive science
Services science
Political science

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