W & C Courses

Faculty Senate Resolution 20.108 (FS.20.108), approved March 17, 2003, by the Faculty Senate and signed April 1, 2003, by President Robert Gates, establishes the procedure for implementation and provides guidelines for W courses. All TAMU students must pass two courses in their major that fulfill the graduation requirement for writing and oral communication. The amount of course credit can vary; however, zero-credit courses cannot be used to fulfill the requirement. Since the TAMU 2007-08 Undergraduate Catalog #130, the university has required two W (writing) courses in the major. Since 2008, students have been able to take either one W and one C (communication) course or two W courses in the major.

The W/C graduation requirement may not be met by any course listed as a University Core Curriculum communication requirement.

W/C courses are designed and administered within departments and approved for a period of four years by the W & C Course Advisory Committee and the Faculty Senate. The W & C Course Advisory Committee ensures the integrity of Texas A&M’s communication-in-the-disciplines program.

Students must take two different courses to satisfy the W/C requirement. If departments need to use the same course twice for its students to satisfy this requirement, consultation with their college representative on the W/C Course Advisory Committee and approval from the committee is needed. Departments should be able to demonstrate a substantial difference between the two versions of the course so that students are not simply completing identical course

A department may request that a course outside the major count in a specific degree plan if that course is relevant to the student's discipline. Both the department offering the course and the department offering the major should agree that the course can be added. To make the request, submit the Request for Approval of W- and C- Courses Outside the Major Form to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

For more information about the requirements for W/C courses, see the Checklist of W Course Requirements and the Checklist of C Course Requirements.​

W and C Course Goals

W and C Course FAQs

For more information about W/C courses, contact the member of the W and C Course Advisory Committee for your college. Or, contact the Chair, Dr. Valerie Balester.

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