|Definition:||This policy outlines the pro-rated all-university graduation requirement for writing.|
|Authority:||President of the University.|
|Scope:||All degree-credit courses.|
|Responsible Division:||Academic Affairs|
|Signature Page/PDF:||View Signatures for All University Writing Requirement Policy|
With limited exceptions, every course carrying degree credit at CSUSM must have a writing component that can be achieved in a variety of ways depending on the course. The writing requirement for each individual student will vary by course units, as follows:
Thus, each student will write a minimum of 850 words for a one-unit course, a minimum of 1,700 words for a two-unit course, or a minimum of 2,500 words for courses of three units or more. All writing will be in English or a written language that meets the university’s “Language Other Than English Requirement” (LOTER).
The Dean of Graduate Studies may exempt certain graduate courses from this requirement.