Requirements

There are two writing requirements that students must satisfy to graduate: Entry-Level Writing, and Reading & Composition.

In addition to courses that satisfy the Reading & Composition requirement, CWP offers courses that satisfy various other requirements.

Entry-Level Writing

The UC Entry-Level Writing requirement is a Universitywide writing requirement. All students entering the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling this requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is a prerequisite to enrolling in all Reading & Composition courses except for College Writing R1A.

There are two ways to satisfy the requirement, by coursework or by exam, and it depends on whether or not you have started classes at Berkeley. 

If you have not started classes at Berkeley

To meet this requirement by exam before you have started classes at Berkeley, you must score

  • 30 or above on the ACT Combined English/Writing test; or
  • 680 or above on the College Board SAT Reasoning Test--Writing Section (prior to March 2016); or
  • 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Examination in English Language and Composition; or 
  • 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Examination in English Literature and Composition; or 
  • 5 or above on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Literature exam; or
  • 6 or above on the International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Literature exam; or
  • 5 or above on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Language and Literature exam; or
  • 6 or above on the International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Language and Literature exam, or
  • 8 or above on the Analytical Writing Placement Examination taken at your high school's exam center.

To meet this requirement by coursework, you must earn a grade of C or higher in a college course certified by UC Berkeley as satisfying the Entry-Level Writing Requirement.

If you have started classes at Berkeley

To meet this requirement by exam after you have started classes at Berkeley, you must score 8 or above on the Analytical Writing Placement Examination taken on the Berkeley campus.

To meet this requirement by coursework, you must earn a grade of C or higher in College Writing R1A.


Reading & Composition 

The Reading & Composition requirement is a two-part sequence required of Berkeley undergraduates at the lower-division level to provide them with a solid foundation in reading, writing, and critical thinking for work in the major and beyond.

All undergraduates must complete the R&C requirement in sequential order by the end of their fourth semester, or their enrollment will be blocked for the following semester.

The R&C requirement can be satisfied by any of the courses listed with an "R" before its course number in the online Schedule of Classes. More than a dozen departments offer R&C courses, so be sure to check the Online Schedule of Classes.

Students who arrive at Berkeley not having satisfied the Entry-Level Writing requirement (see above) can satisfy both the Entry-Level Writing requirement and the 1st part of the 2-part R&C requirement by taking CW R1A.

Students who arrive at Berkeley having satisfied the Entry-Level Writing requirement (see above) need only satisfy the R&C requirement. There are 2 parts to the R&C requirement, A and B, and they must be fulfilled in sequence. More than a dozen campus departments offer the R&C sequence. R&C courses are designated with an “R” before the course number in the Schedule of Classes. 


Other Requirements
 

The American Cultures Requirement

The following College Writing courses fulfill the American Cultures Requirement.

CW 25AC - Reading in and about US Education Institutions
CW 50AC/150AC - Researching Water in the West
CW 192AC - Advanced Composition: Community-Based Ethics
 

The Seven-Course Breadth Requirement in Arts and Literature

The following CW courses count toward the Seven-Course Breadth Requirement in Arts and Literature.

CW N2 - Summer Bridge
CW 105 - Intermediate Composition: Finding Your Voice
CW 106 - Intermediate Composition: Argument in the Disciplines
CW 108 - Advanced Composition: New Media
CW 110 - Advanced Composition: Challenging Writing
CW 180 - Travel Writing
 

The Creative Writing Minor

The following class counts toward the Undergraduate Division's Creative Writing Minor.

CW 130 - Introduction to the Craft of Creative Writing
 

The Education Minor

The following class counts toward the Undergraduate Division's Education Minor.

CW 25AC - Reading in and about US Education Institutions