All CSU undergraduate students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. At Cal State San Marcos, undergraduate students complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement: Baccalaureate Level (GWARBL) through their coursework, as all CSUSM undergraduate courses must meet the All-University Writing Requirement (AUWR).
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:
• 3 units and up = 2,500 words (approximately 10 pages)
• 2 units = 1,700 words
• 1 unit = 850 words
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.