Upper-Division Writing Requirement

All undergraduate and second baccalaureate degree candidates must demonstrate competency in writing skills at the upper-division (junior-senior) level as a requirement for graduation. After completing 60 units and English Composition (ENGL 5A, 5B or 10) or its equivalent with a C or better, students may meet this requirement in the following way:

  • Obtain a C, CR, or letter grade of C or better in an approved upper-division writing course at this university. Approved writing courses can be identified in the catalog and Class Schedule by the letter W (e.g., ENGL 160W, BA 105W) and are listed below.

It is imperative that the UDWS requirement be met within two semesters after completing 60 units. The UDWS requirement cannot be fulfilled by a class or test taken outside of The California State University system and cannot be satisfied at a CSU campus at which the student has not matriculated.

List of courses

  1. AFRS 104W – Writing About American Inequality (3 units)
  2. AGBS 170WS – Advanced Agribusiness Applications (3 units)
  3. AIS 105WS - American Indian Oral Traditions and Literatures (3 units)
  4. ANTH 105W – Applied Anthropology (also satisfies M/I) (3 units)
  5. ANTH 116W – Anthropology of Religion (also satisfies GE–ID) (3 units)
  6. ANTH 126W – (same as ASAM 151W) Asian Eats: Asian American Foodways (3 units)
  7. ASAM 151W – Asian Eats: Asian American Foodways (3 units)
  8. ASAM 161W - Asian Americans in the Caring Fields (3 units)
  9. ASP 105AW/ASP 105BW – National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty (3 units)
  10. BA 105W – Business Communication (3 units)
  11. CFS 130W – Professional Writing (3 units) [see note]
  12. CHEM 161W – Scientific Writing Workshop (3 units)
  13. CLAS 102W – Contemporary Chicana/Latina Writing and Culture (3 units)
  14. ECON 102W – Explorations in Economic Literature (3 units)
  15. EES 104W – Scientific Writing and Research Techniques (3 units)
  16. EES 135W – Dinosaurs (3 units)
  17. ENGL 102WZ – Masterpieces of English Literature (4 units)
  18. ENGL 106W – Writing in English Studies (4 units)
  19. ENGL 115W – Literature of the New Testament (3 units)
  20. ENGL 117W – Writing from Children's Literature (3 units)
  21. ENGL 160W/WZ – Writing Workshop (4 units)
  22. ENGL 170W – Writing and Teaching Writing (4 units)
  23. ENGR 105W – Engineering and Entrepreneurship (3 units)
  24. HHS 116W – Interprofessional Communication in Health and Human Services (3 units)
  25. HIST 100W* – Historical Research and Writing (3 units)
  26. IT 198W – Technical Writing (3 units)
  27. JS 100W – Writing and the Jewish Experience (3 units)
  28. LEE 180W – Literacy for Social Justice and Equity (3 units)
  29. LING 110W* – Advanced Composition for Foreign Students (3 units)
  30. LING 111W – Academic Writing Workshop (3 units)
  31. LS 110WS – Writing in the K-8 Classroom (3 units)
  32. MCJ 102W* – Reporting (3 units)
  33. MCJ 114W – Screenwriting (3 units)
  34. MCJ 155SW - Nonprofit Public Relations and Development Writing (3 units)
  35. MCJ 158SW - Advanced Writing to Influence (3 units)
  36. PHIL 125W – Issues in Political Philosophy (3 units)
  37. PHIL 133W – Literature of the New Testament (3 units)
  38. PLANT 110W – Dimensions in Agriculture (3 units)
  39. PLSI 100W - Writing about Politics: Local, National, and Global Issues (3)
  40. SOC 130W/WS – Contemporary Social Issues (4 units)

*Enrollment may be restricted or have additional prerequisites. Check the course description in the catalog or my.fresnostate.edu.

Note: CFS 130W – Open only to Child and Family Sciences majors.