Reading and Composition Requirement

Guidelines for Reading and Composition Courses

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking for work in the major, the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition—Reading and Composition (R&C), Parts A and B, in sequential order.

  • All undergraduates must complete the Reading and Composition (R&C) requirement by the end of their fourth semester, or their enrollment will be blocked for the following semester.
  • All courses used to satisfy Part A or B of Reading and Composition must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better.
  • Students who have been admitted to Berkeley and have not completed Entry Level Writing, must enroll in College Writing R1A which satisfies both Entry Level Writing and the first half of R&C. Please note: A minimum grade of C is required in COLWRIT R1A in order to satisfy Entry Level Writing. 
  • CLASSIC R44 (completed with a C- or higher) may be used to satisfy either Part A or Part B of R&C. This course may also be used to satisfy Arts and Literature, Historical Studies, or Social & Behavioral Sciences breadth.
  • With the exception of CLASSIC R44, courses fulfilling the Reading and Composition requirement may not be applied to Seven-Course Breadth.

Satisfying Reading and Composition with an Exam

  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition - Minimum Score of 4 satisfies Part A
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition - Minimum Score of 5 satisfies Parts A & B
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition - Score of 4 or 5 satisfies Part A
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) English A: Literature* - Score of 5, 6, or 7 satisfies Parts A & B
  • Beginning with students admitted in fall 2018 - International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) English A: Language and Literature* - Score of 5, 6, or 7 satisfies Parts A & B
  • GCE A-Level English Literature exam for students entering Berkeley fall 2017 and PRIOR - Score of A, B, or C Parts A & B
  • GCE A-Level English Literature exam for students entering Berkeley fall 2018 and BEYOND - No longer accepted for this requirement

* The IB 'Literature and Performance,' exam, as well as the Standard Level (SL) exams in English A: Literature and English A: Language and Literature are NOT eligible for satisfaction of Reading and Composition.

Satisfying Reading and Composition with Berkeley Courses

  • Successful completion with a C- grade or better of two designated Reading and Composition courses in sequence order. Review all approved below.

Satisfying Reading and Composition Requirement with Transfer Courses

  • Transfer courses must be taken on a letter-graded basis and be completed with a grade of C- or better. 
  • For courses from California community colleges, review ASSIST. Note: IGETC certification from a California community college or a letter of reciprocity from a UC campus satisfies the Reading and Composition requirement (and all other L&S breadth requirements).

Note: Transfer students may satisfy the Reading and Composition requirement with IGETC or UC Reciprocity.

Satisfies Part A of the Reading and Composition Requirement

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AFRICAM R1AFreshman Composition
AFRICAM R1ANReading and Composition
ASAMST R2AReading and Composition
CELTIC R1AVoices of the Celtic World
CHICANO R1AReading and Composition
CHICANO R1ANReading and Composition
COLWRIT R1AAccelerated Reading and Composition
COLWRIT R4AReading and Composition
COM LIT H1AEnglish Composition in Connection with the Reading of World Literature
COM LIT N1AEnglish Composition in Connection with the Reading of World Literature
COM LIT R1AEnglish Composition in Connection with the Reading of World Literature
COM LIT R2AEnglish Composition in Connection with Reading of World and French Literature
COM LIT R3AEnglish Composition in Connection with Reading of World and Hispanic Literature
ENGLISH R1AReading and Composition
ENGLISH R1ANFirst-Year Reading and Composition
FILM R1AThe Craft of Writing - Film Focus
FRENCH R1AEnglish Composition in Connection with the Reading of Literature
GERMAN R5AReading and Composition
ITALIAN R5AReading and Composition
LEGALST R1AReading and Composition in Connection with the Law as a Social Institution
NATAMST R1ANative American Studies Reading and Composition
NE STUD R1AReading and Composition in Near Eastern Studies
RHETOR R1AThe Craft of Writing
SASIAN R5AGreat Books of India
SCANDIN R5AReading and Composition
SEASIAN R5ASelf, Representation, and Nation
SLAVIC R5AReading and Composition
SPANISH R1AReading and Composition Through Readings from the Spanish-Speaking World
THEATER R1APerformance: Writing and Research

Satisfies Part B of the Reading and Composition Requirement

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AFRICAM R1BFreshman Composition
ANTHRO R5BReading and Composition in Anthropology
ASAMST R2BReading and Composition
CELTIC R1BVoices of the Celtic World
CHICANO R1BReading and Composition
COLWRIT R4BReading, Composition, and Research
COM LIT H1BEnglish Composition in Connection with the Reading of World Literature
COM LIT N1BEnglish Composition in Connection with the Reading of World Literature
COM LIT R1BEnglish Composition in Connection with the Reading of World Literature
COM LIT R2BEnglish Composition in Connection with Reading of World and French Literature
COM LIT R3BEnglish Composition in Connection with Reading of World and Hispanic Literature
EA LANG R1BReading and Composition on topics in East Asian Humanities
ENGLISH R1BReading and Composition
ENV DES R3BReading and Composition in Energy, Society, and Environmental Design
FILM R1BThe Craft of Writing - Film Focus
FRENCH R1BEnglish Composition in Connection with the Reading of Literature
GERMAN R5BReading and Composition
GWS N1BReading and Composition
GWS R1BReading and Composition
HISTART R1BReading and Writing about Visual Experience
HISTORY R1BReading and Composition in History
ITALIAN R5BReading and Composition
LEGALST R1BReading and Composition in Connection with the Law as a Social Institution
LINGUIS R1BEndangered Languages: What We Lose when a Language Dies
LINGUIS R2BLanguage and Linguistics in Science Fiction
MUSIC R1BReading and Writing about Music
NATAMST R1BNative American Studies Reading and Composition
NE STUD R1BReading and Composition in Near Eastern Studies
NWMEDIA R1BNew Media Reading and Composition
PHILOS R1BReading and Composition Through Philosophy
RHETOR R1BThe Craft of Writing
SASIAN R5BIndia in the Writer's Eye
SCANDIN R5BReading and Composition
SEASIAN R5BUnder Western Eyes
SLAVIC R5BReading and Composition
SOCIOL R1BSociological Reading & Composition
SPANISH R1BReading and Composition Through Readings from the Spanish-Speaking World
THEATER R1BPerformance: Writing and Research

Satisfies Either Part A or B of the Reading and Composition Requirement

CLASSIC R44Roots of Western Civilization
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