University of California, Riverside

Highlander Early Start Academy

English 1A Academy


You are eligible to take the English 1A Academy if you tested into English 1A on the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam.

In order to participate in HESA, you must enroll in a primary course AND a secondary course (HIST 015 OR ENG 008).  Only enrolling in one course will result in you being dropped from the program completely.

1. ENGL 001A (4 units)

English Writing Lecture 

Introduces students to the strategies of personal writing in a multicultural context.


2. HIST 015 (4 units)

World History: 1500 to 1900

  • Emphasis on the unique characteristics of world cultures as they entered into a critical period of increasing interaction, a process that led to the shaping of the modern world order. Specific themes include religious, economic, and political revolution; the development of modern science; continuity and change in agrarian societies; industrialism; imperialism; and changes in the patterns of everyday life.


  •  HIST 015D - 1500 to 1900 Discussion Section



ENGL 008 (4 Units)

Oral Communications

An introduction to public speaking in genres and for occasions appropriate in the academy and in public forums: classroom and seminar presentations, conference presentations including poster talks and speeches appropriate for public assemblies, debate, and special occasions.


3. Early Start Seminar

The Early Start Seminar will emphasize the skills that will help students achieve and prepare for academic and personal success throughout their years here at UCR. This is an interactive class that is geared to help students be successful in their college career.


Check the UCR bookstore for textbooks needed for these courses at: 

Please Note: Some students will qualify for a book loan that WILL NOT be distributed until after the academy has started.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Highlander Early Start Academy
156 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-3282
Fax: (951) 827-4543