The Ways program does not have a process whereby students may petition a course to be reviewed for Ways certification. It is not mandatory to have all courses certified for Ways, so it is an “opt-in” program. Instructors and departments decide whether they want to submit a course for Ways and they sometimes choose not to for various reasons.
It depends. If you took the course this academic year, then it was approved later in the year, then you would earn Ways credit. However, if you took the course in a prior year, then you would not earn Ways credit. The effective date for any Ways approval is fall of the current academic year, so courses taken in a previous year cannot be retroactively approved for Ways.
You may submit an online Request to Update Ways Designation Form; however, it makes sense to do this later in your academic career since it requires you to map out how you have or are planning to fulfill your Ways over your academic career. If it’s earlier in your career, you can submit a Service Now request to Degree Audit. Please note that you can only change the Ways designation once.
Yes, all Ways courses must be taken for a letter grade unless a letter grade is not given as an option. Courses offered as “letter grade or credit/no credit” must be taken for a letter grade to earn Ways credit. If a Creative Expression (CE) course is only offered as Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC), then you will earn Ways credit.
Ways courses must be a minimum of 3 units except CE, which is a 2-unit requirement. When a course is offered for variable units and is certified for Ways, you must take it for a minimum of 3 units to earn Ways credit. Please see the Ways About webpage for more details on how to fulfill the CE requirement.
During your frosh year, there is no urgency to immediately complete your Ways requirement. Your first year is a time to explore new experiences and courses although you can still keep Ways on the radar. Most Thinking Matters courses, many Introductory Seminar courses, and some courses in your major are Ways-certified. You may want to map out your Ways course-taking during winter or spring of your sophomore year.