Interdisciplinary Literacy Center


The Student Success & Tutorial Center (SSTC) is a community space of peers and mentors working together to help students become better readers, writers, and thinkers across all disciplines. We help students grow into confident, capable communicators.


  • Laptops are available for check-out (Student ID Card Required)
  • Internet capability and print services
  • Plenty of outlets for charging phones and laptops
  • We offer reading/writing assistance for all disciplines/courses
  • One-to-one peer mentoring in reading, writing, critical thinking, revising, and general study skills
  • Faculty tutoring in reading, writing, revising, critical thinking, and general study skills
  • Computer-Directed Learning Modules (grammar, writing, editing, etc.)


Monday-Thursday: 8 am to 6 pm
Friday: 8 am to 2 pm

History and Purpose of Rhetoric and Composition Courses

The first required courses in rhetoric and composition in the U.S. were offered in 1806 by Harvard University. Since its founding in 1868, the University of California has required that all freshman take courses similar to English 1A and English 13 at Merced College. 83% of college students take a writing course at some point in their studies, which means that millions of students are enrolled each year in first-year composition.  UC Berkeley's "Reading and Composition Committee Report" explains why:

"The aim of 1A and 1B is to improve the student's ability to write clearly, effectively, and accurately about subjects of intellectual complexity, on the assumption that such writing - and the kinds of thinking that make such writing possible - is both a practical necessity for college students and a significant step in the life of the mind generally. Reading and composition requirements are not general education hurdles, but introductions to the life of the mind, to university discourse, and to the life of an educated citizen and human being."

The Student Success & Tutorial Center agrees that reading and composition courses are central to the development of a student's mind, and we are here to help you grow as a writer across your time in college.

Merced College Composition Courses and UC/CSU Transfer Writing Requirements

One of the most common ways for a student to transfer to a UC or CSU is to complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). 


The Department of English at Merced College has developed a two-course sequence that fulfills that IGETC requirement:

  • English 1A: College Composition and Reading fulfills the composition requirement for transfer to a UC/CSU under IGETC
  • English 13: Critical Reasoning and Writing fulfills the critical thinking requirement for transfer to a UC/CSU under IGETC.

Speak to your counselor about prerequisites and enrollment in the composition sequence.