May 18, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Cal State L.A. students pursuing the baccalaureate who are subject to requirements of the 1984-85 or subsequent catalogs are required to satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

The GWAR is normally met by passing the Upper-Division Disciplinary Writing Requirement course with a grade of “C” or better; i.e., students who earn a grade of C- or lower on the GWAR course for their major will need to repeat the course or take a different GWAR course. They may also satisfy it by successfully completing a university approved upper division university writing course that has received a GWAR designation; students who previously satisfied the GWAR by passing the WPE under the prior policy will have also satisfied this requirement.

This list includes all approved GWAR courses. Courses are discipline-specific and may not serve as good alternatives for students who are not in that discipline. Please lookup the major/discipline specific GWAR course on the UGS website (

List of GWAR Courses