Frequently asked questions

With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, will UC require a re-review of English courses?

Yes. Within the next few years, UC will require a re-review of all "a-g" approved English courses to demonstrate compliance with the University’s English course criteria that incorporates the Common Core State Standards. The High School Articulation unit has not yet determined the exact timeframe for when this will occur. Please continue to check back for further information.

Can courses in creative writing, speech, debate or journalism be approved in the English (“b”) subject area?

Courses in speech, debate, creative writing or journalism cannot be used to satisfy the “b” subject requirement, but may meet the criteria for approval in the elective (“g”) subject area. In order for these courses to meet the “g” subject requirement, they must require substantial reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Do ESL / ELD courses require a separate course submission for UC approval?

Yes. UC faculty has distinct guidelines for English as a Second Language (ESL) / English Language Development (ELD) courses and requires a separate new course submission for "a-g" approval. Please remember that students may use a maximum of 1.0 unit (or one year) of ELD / ESL coursework to satisfy the “b” subject requirement.

Sheltered / SDAIE English courses that are identical in content to regular UC-approved English course do not require a separate course description because the two sections differ only in instructional methodology, rather than in course content.

Our school offers the Expository Reading and Writing course from the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP). How do we add this course to our course list?

The CSU Early Assessment Program has been granted UC program status and their Expository Reading and Writing course is “a-g” approved. Any school may add this course to their “a-g” course list as a previously approved program course, using the “New Course” submission section on the Online Update website. A complete course content description is not required for submission and review.

A student completed his first year of high school in a foreign country. Which of their courses can be used to satisfy the "b" subject requirement?

The "b" subject requirement can also be referred to as the Language of Instruction subject requirement. In high schools where the language of instruction is not in English, a composition and literature course taught in the native language can count toward the “b” subject requirement. The student is then only required to complete three more yearlong courses from the English (“b”) subject area at their U.S. high school to fulfill the requirement.

UC requires at least one full-length work for course approval in the “b” subject area. Are non-fiction full-length works acceptable?

Yes, non-fiction literature is acceptable as the full-length work required for all English courses.