First-Year Writing Advising

Golden Gate

We believe that, with good guidance from us, you are the best person to choose which writing course is best for you.

Our advising module will provide you with additional guidance to help you make the best choice possible.

There is no cost associated with our advising module; it is free of charge.

Students should follow instructions sent to your SF State email address in spring and/or visit our advising module to make your course selection.

Undergraduate Writing Program Advisors

Lockhart, Tara Tara Lockhart 
Writing Program Coordinator
Phone: (415) 338-7031
Abeywickrama, Priya Priya Abeywickrama
CMS Coordinator
Phone: (415) 338-3095
    Chan, Esther Esther Chan
CMS Advisor

For continuing students who entered SF State prior to Fall 2019

ENG 214/ENG 215, or an approved SF State alternative, should be taken prior to completion of 60 semester units by all continuing students who have not received credit for an equivalent test or course (Pre-Fall 2019). For information about approved Second Year Composition equivalents, please visit

  • Successful completion of First Year Composition (ENG 114, ENG 104/105 or an approved Composition for Multilingual Students course) is a prerequisite to ENG 214, 215, or one of the approved SF State alternatives.
  • Any one of our First Year Composition courses and Second Year Composition courses may not be taken concurrently. ABC/NC grading is used in all courses.
  • Consult the online Class Schedule for the complete list of approved Second Year Composition alternative courses. In the Course Abbreviation section choose “English Comp Requirement, 2nd Year.”
  • Students who have passed for credit the CSU English Equivalency Examination or who have received scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in English will receive six units of college credit and are exempt from the ENG 114 and ENG 214 course requirements.

Important Note: Critical thinking courses taken at community colleges typically fulfill SF State’s Critical Thinking requirement. However, they typically do not fulfill SF State’s Second Year English requirement.