WI FAQ

Below you will find answers to the most common questions faculty ask about developing writing intensive (wi) courses.


When do the new General Education (GE) requirements, which include the writing-intensive course requirement, go into effect?

How is a wi course defined at Cal State LA?

 How are writing-intensive courses defined more generally?

 What is “writing to learn”?

 What are some examples of writing to learn activities?

 What are some of the distinguishing characteristics of writing-intensive courses?

 Is every program required to offer a writing-intensive course?

 Does the writing-intensive course replace the upper division writing course in the major?

 Can a program use its existing upper division writing course in the major to satisfy the requirement that students take one writing-intensive course in the major?

 How is a course certified as a writing-intensive (wi) course at Cal State LA?

 When are course proposals for writing-intensive (wi) courses due?

 Can a non-GE course be designated as (wi) if it is less than 3 units?

 Are any resources available to help with designing a writing-intensive course?