Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) Information

LARC Administrative Staff

The GWAR has been waived for students who are in a catalog year between Fall 2020-Spring 2023 or are graduating prior to summer 2023. 

The WEPT is no longer being offered and is NOT required for any students.

As of March 2022, the Chancellor’s Office has updated the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) to apply to baccalaureate students only, beginning with students with a catalog year of fall 2023 and beyond. 

This means that current undergraduate students who maintain continuous enrollment will not be required to fulfill the GWAR in order to graduate. New undergraduate students entering this Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 will not be required to fulfill GWAR, provided they maintain continuous enrollment. Additionally, graduate students will no longer be required to fulfill GWAR.

Sonoma State will be working on a new policy to be implemented for students entering in catalog year Fall 2023

WIC (Writing Intensive Curriculum) Courses

The University continues to offer Writing Intensive Curriculum courses (WICs). Taking a WIC course is always a good idea if it works with your academic plan and your schedule as it gives you the opportunity to truly hone your writing skills as an upper-division student. Please visit our WIC page to view applicable courses for each semester.