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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rhetoric and Writing Studies, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 15013) (SIMS Code: 112204)

All candidates for a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” No more than 48 units in Rhetoric and Writing Studies courses can apply to the degree. 

A minor is not required with this major.

Impacted Program

The Rhetoric and Writing Studies major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the Rhetoric and Writing Studies major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete preparation for the major;
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one language other than English to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to section of catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Students must take RWS 500W  or RWS 503W  and earn a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience

The department encourages international experience for its majors. It will facilitate the transfer of rhetoric and writing studies credits for appropriate study abroad, student exchange, or other overseas programs. International internships may also receive rhetoric and writing studies credit, if approved in advance by a department adviser.


A minimum of 30 units in rhetoric and writing studies to include 15 units selected from:


The remaining 15 units will be selected from elective courses in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Department.

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