Writing Programs Office
About the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) was first conceived of by the Chancellor and Board of Trustees of the California State University system in 1977. It is a system-wide requirement that must be completed by undergraduate and graduate students.
The purpose of the GWAR is for students to demonstrate their proficiency at writing in an academic setting. All CSU students subject to the degree requirements of the 1979-80 and subsequent catalogs must satisfy the GWAR before graduation. However, within certain guidelines, each CSU campus is allowed to decide how students at that campus fulfill the GWAR.
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