What is a Writing-Intensive course?
As a requirement to graduate with a Bachelor's degree, students must successfully complete at least two Writing-Intensive (W) courses with a grade of C- or better, one of which must be upper division, within the student's major, taken at SFU. Students in double minor programs should select an upper division W from one of the two discipline areas in which they are taking their double minors. It is strongly recommended that students take their first W course as early as possible, preferably in the first 30 credits.
This requirement presumes that students registering in W courses have met a basic competency standard (see 'Literacy Requirements' for admissions). Students not ready for W courses must successfully complete Foundations of Academic Literacy (FAL X99) prior to registering in W courses.
W courses fulfill the following conditions:
Courses that require written assignments but do not provide explicit instruction on writing nor opportunities for revision do not qualify as W courses.