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General Education Badge Experience

As part of the UC Merced general education, each student who begins Fall 2018 or after, will need to complete eleven (11) Intellectual Badge Experiences. Badge Experiences can be completed through courses, (including required Approaches to Knowledge courses, Crossroads courses, courses in the major, and elective courses), and through co-curricular Intellectual Badge Experiences. Each course and co-curricular experience can satisfy up to two (2) Intellectual Badge Experiences. Three of the eleven Badge experiences must be completed in the junior and senior years. The eleven required Intellectual Experiences are:

  • Practical and Applied Knowledge: Carry out field work, laboratory experimentation, on or off campus internships, or artistic practice. PLO2
    Click here for our guide to finding on and off campus internships and other opportunities!

  • Scientific Method: Learn how the scientific method leads to new knowledge about the natural world by correcting and integrating previous knowledge using empirical evidence. PLO1, PLO2

  • Literary and Textual Analysis: Learn how language creates meaning and ambiguity. PLO1, PLO2, PLO3

  • Media and Visual Analysis: Explore how media and images create, shape, and express meaning. PLO1, PLO2, PLO3

  • Quantitative and Numerical Analysis: Evaluate data and develop quantitative reasoning skills. PLO2, PLO3

  • Societies and Cultures of the Past: Explore the interactions between multiple dimensions of past societies. PLO4

  • Diversity and Identity: Consider how multiple kinds of difference—ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual—impact individuals and societies in the past and present. PLO4, PLO5

  • Global Awareness: Learn about environments, cultures, and issues in nations and regions outside the US. PLO4, PLO5

  • Sustainability: Explore the ways in which humans affect and are affected by the natural world. PLO4, PLO5

  • Ethics: Investigate the ethical implications of research, policy, or behavior. PLO1, PLO5

  • Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World: Take work at UC Merced off the campus in one of multiple ways, including study abroad, UCDC, UC Sacramento, leadership in campus organization, community engaged research or service, or off-campus internships. PLO5


  • General Education (GE) Badge Practical and Applied Knowledge On or Off Campus Internship Process

  1. UC Merced Student Application – Complete the Student Application and Submit to the Center for Career and Professional Advancement
  2. UC Merced Partner Agreement – Have your Internship organization complete the UCM Partner Agreement
  3. Reflection Paper Assignment – At the conclusion of this experience you will write a one -page reflection on this experience. Prompts:
    • How have you contributed to the organization, department, and community?
    • What have you learned from this experience?
  4. Student Submission to Portfolio – Connect course to Portfolio via Cat Course