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GWAR Portfolio Courses

Students who do not receive a score of 11 or higher on their first WPE attempt satisfy the GWAR by successfully completing assessments connected with approved GWAR courses.  Students who receive a score of 8, 9 or 10 must successfully complete one of the GWAR portfolio courses listed below and submit a passing portfolio to complete the GWAR.  Students who receive 7 or lower on their first WPE attempt must complete ENGL 301A with a grade of C or better before enrolling in a portfolio course and submitting a passing portfolio to complete the GWAR.  Information about eligibility requirements and prerequisites is listed above each course description.

COTA 300

3 units
Credit/No Credit grading only

Prerequisites: 8, 9 or 10 on the WPE or grade of C or better in ENGL 301A

Open only to students in College of the Arts

Permit required

Writing in the Arts (COTA 300) is a multi-disciplinary elective for students who are majors in the College of Arts.  A permit from the College of the Arts is required for registration.  Contact Lorenzo Gutierrez-Jarquin at 562-985-1857 or lorenzo.gutierrez-jarquin@csulb.edu for a permit.  Course activities include analysis of and practice in writing for and about the arts, including the visual arts, dance, design, film, music and theatre.  Instruction focuses on exploration of critical thought in the arts while practicing writing skills.  Students should contact their major advisor for more information about this course.

ENGL 301B

3 units
Letter grade or Credit/No Credit
Prerequisites: 8, 9 or 10 on the WPE or grade of C or better in ENGL 301A

Open to students in all majors

No permit required

English Proficiency (ENGL 301B) is an intermediate course in English usage with emphasis on building proficiency in oral and written language. ENGL 301B may be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  Credit for ENGL 301B is not applicable to any degree program of the Department of English.  International students should contact Cynthia Pastrana at gwar@csulb.edu for registration instructions.  Returning students who need the GWAR to graduate should contact Lyndsay Green at Lyndsay.Green@csulb.edu for permits and registration instructions.

The schedule for Fall 2014 sections for international and returning students appears below:

          Section                       Time                                     Instructor                      Room

         TBA

ENGR 310

3 units
Letter grade only (A-F)
Prerequisites: 8, 9 or 10 on the WPE or grade of C or better in ENGL 301A

Open only to students in College of Engineering

No permit required

Business Communications in Engineering Profession (ENGR 310) focuses on basic concepts for the understanding and practice of communication in the world of business for managers and professional engineers. Topics include language/conversation in business and its role in coordinating actions, resolving breakdowns in work, and customer satisfaction, as well as business writing formats; formal reports; business conversation; and international, technical, and linguistic developments in business communication.  Students should contact their major advisor more information about this course.

FMD 450

3 units
Letter Grade or Credit/No Credit
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation courses, ANTH 120 or SOC 100 or 142, and upper division standing, or instructor consent and for GWAR a 8, 9 or 10 on the WPE or grade of C or better in ENGL 301A

Open to students in all majors

No permit required

Cultural Perspectives of Dress is a well-established, writing-intensive course offered by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.  It is an upper-division GE course that satisfies the Global Issues requirement.  Students should contact the course instructor or the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences for more information about this course.  Students who wish to submit a GWAR portfolio in this course MUST inform the instructor of their intent during the first week of instruction.

HIST 301

4 units
Letter grade only (A-F)

Prerequisites: 8, 9 or 10 on the WPE or grade of C or better in ENGL 301A

Open only to majors in the Department of History

No permit required

 

Methodology of History (HIST 301) is required of all History majors in their first semester of upper-division work.  The course includes an introduction to historiography and methodological issues, skills and competencies exercises, research methods, research presentations, and peer review, as well as creation of a student portfolio that is used in the remaining upper-division courses in the major and assessed in HIST 499.  HIST 301 may be repeated to a maximum of 8 units.  Students should contact their major advisor for more information about this course.

IS 301L

3 units
Letter grade or Credit/No Credit

Prerequisites: 8, 9 or 10 on the WPE or grade of C or better in ENGL 301A

Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of IS 301 with a C or better

Open only to students in College of Business Administration

Permit required

Business Communications Laboratory (IS 301L) is a writing-intensive course emphasizing concepts and practice for development of writing skills for sucessful professional practice.  A permit from the CBA Advising Center is required for registration.  IS 301L must be taken concurrently with IS 301 (or within two calendar years of completing IS 301 with a C or higher).  Students should contact their major advisor for more information about this course.

LING 301

3 units

Letter grade only (A-F)

Prerequisites: 8, 9 or 10 on the WPE or grade of C or better in ENGL 301A

Open only to students in Department of Linguistics

No permit required

Introduction to Research Methods is a writing-intensive course for majors in linguistics.  The course includes an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods in linguistics research and writing a research report.  Enrollment is limited to students majoring in linguistics.  Students should contact their major advisor for more information about this course.

 

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