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Making of the Modern World

Welcome to the Making of the Modern World (MMW) homepage!  MMW is an inter-disciplinary General Education program at Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC), one of eight undergraduate colleges at the University of California San Diego. MMW is grounded in world history and provides university-level instruction in academic research and writing.  Since 1988, when the program and college were founded, MMW has been at the heart of ERC’s general education requirements, serving as an academic manifestation of a fundamental aspect of the college’s mission, namely, “to feature dimensions of international understanding and cultural diversity,” and is required of all ERC students.  

MMW is taught on campus and abroad on Global Seminars, which have been offered on every inhabited continent.   In addition, the program offers MMW Serves, which combines MMW with spring break or summer service experiences in CA and beyond.   In addition, MMW can help you find still other opporunities on campus and beyond, such as the UC Education Abroad programs, which have summer, semester, and year-long programs abroad in more than 40 countries. 

MMW Serves 2025

The MMW Serves 2025 takes place over Spring Break (Sunday, March 23 to Friday, March 28, 2025) and is based in Borrego Springs in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, with activities ranging far and wide across the desert landscape. Photos from MMW Serves 2024 are available here.


MMW Courses

MMW is a five-course, lower-division sequence for students entering as freshmen (MMW11 – MMW15) and a two-course, upper-division sequence for transfer students (MMW121 – MMW122) that is taught during the academic year and in summer, at home and abroad. 

MMW Course Offerings

MMW Recruitment

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UCSD Graduate students can apply through the IA system. Non-UCSD Graduate students can contact
Contact for details and indicate which course(s) you are applying for in your cover letter.