Writing (Course 21W)

Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Bachelor of Science in Writing

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement [between three and six subjects can be from the Departmental Program]; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
21W.THTWriting Pre-Thesis Tutorial6
21W.THUWriting Program Thesis (CI-M)12
Select one of the following:12
Fiction Workshop (CI-M)
Genre Fiction Workshop (CI-M)
Writing Science Fiction (CI-M)
Poetry Workshop (CI-M)
Interactive Narrative (CI-M)
Advanced Fiction Workshop (CI-M)
Advanced Poetry Workshop (CI-M)
Science Writing in Contemporary Society (CI-M)
Social Justice and The Documentary Film (CI-M)
Restricted Electives
Select nine subjects, of which one is normally introductory, that form a cohesive unit99-108
Units in Major129-138
Unrestricted Electives 178-123
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36-72)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


This chart has been calculated based on an overlap of 36 units (three subjects) between the HASS General Institute Requirement and the departmental requirements. Students who develop a program of study with more overlap will be able to select more unrestricted electives to meet the number of total units beyond the GIRs required for an SB degree.