Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) Information

LARC Administrative Staff

The GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) is required of all undergraduate students in order to receive a degree from Sonoma State University. As of Fall 2023, the CSU has reinstated the GWAR and it is now a degree requirement for any students who are in a catalog year starting Fall 2023 with the exception of some transfer students who have maintained continuous enrollment.

Upon reaching Junior class standing (completion of 60 units), students will be able to fulfill the GWAR through a designated Writing Intensive Course (WIC) or Writing Enhanced Course (WEC) within their major department or through a General Education course. (The WEPT is no longer being offered and is NOT required for any students to fulfill GWAR.)

The University is currently in the process of labeling courses for ease of identification in the course catalog, schedule, and the Academic Requirements Report (ARR). We will be updating this webpage as we move through this process - so please stay tuned!

The University continues to offer Writing Intensive Curriculum courses (WICs). Please visit our WIC page to view applicable courses for each semester.