Academic Resources


Foundational Courses

 Students are strongly encouraged to take a foundational course during their first few courses in the program. Foundational courses are intended to provide an additional level of guidance, support, and feedback to ensure that students develop the tools and skills necessary for graduate level research and writing. 

Students concentrating in arts, humanities, and social sciences should take a course with a writing intensive option.  Seminars with a "writing intensive option" are regular GLS seminars, typically with an enrollment limit of 18, in which a maximum of 2 - 4 students may register for the writing intensive option.  These 2 - 4 students will have additional writing assignments and will receive more extensive detailed feedback on their work from the instructor.

Students concentrating in mathematics and sciences should enroll in a mathematics and sciences foundational course.  These courses are designed to help students hone the quantitative analysis and scientific thinking skills that are necessary for graduate work in these fields.


Writing Assistance

 Students wishing to take an active role in improving their writing are recommended to the following resources:

Writing Consultant

Graduate Liberal Studies offers the services of a writing consultant to help students improve their academic writing skills. The consultant, Elizabeth Bobrick, is available to work one-on-one with students who have been admitted to the degree program. To schedule an appointment, please contact the GLS office at 860-685-2900 or

Wesleyan University Writing Workshop

The Wesleyan University Writing Workshop is open to all students. For more information about the Writing Workshop, click here. To schedule an appointment, students may click on the "Writing Workshop" link in the Academic Resources section of their E-Portfolio or call (860) 685-2440. Students are welcome to show up without making an appointment during drop-in hours.

DROP-IN HOURS during Fall and Spring terms
Sunday-Thursday Evenings, 7-11 pm / Olin Library 106 (1st floor)

APPOINTMENTS during Fall and Spring terms
Monday-Thursday Afternoons, 1-4 pm / Shapiro 306 (3rd floor, Allbritton Center)
Sunday-Thursday Evenings, 7-11 pm / Science Library 77 (basement)
Sunday-Thursday Evenings, 7-11 pm / Shapiro 306 (3rd floor, Allbritton Center)

Recommended Books to Improve Academic Writing

The following books have been recommended by the GLS writing consultant and GLS faculty as books that can help students with graduate-level academic writing.

They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein

Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words, Bruce Ross-Larson

A Pocket Style Manual, Diane Hacker

A Glossary of Literary Terms, M.H. Abrams

Library Facilities and Services

Current library hours are posted at or you can call 860-685-2660 for this information.  In addition to a host of other services, you can request a Personal Research Session with a librarian to work on a particular research project. This allows a librarian to work with you one-on-one, on your schedule, and concentrate on your particular needs.



Technology Assistance

ITS Helpdesk

Student consultants are available to help with technical problems.  Questions sent to are answered within 24 hours.  The Helpdesk is located on the first floor of the Exley Science Center (Rm. 143).  Refer to the ITS website for hours. 

Resetting Student Password

If you forget your password, call ITS Operations at 860-685-4100 or send an email to to have your password reset.

Computer Labs

ITS operates many public labs equipped with powerful computers and common software applications. Additionally, there are unique labs that offer access to specialized software in the arts and humanities, sciences and mathematics, as well as the social sciences. All of the labs are connected to the campus network and the Internet. The software for labs and lab hours can be found on the Academic Computing Labs section of the ITS website. 


Disabilities Services

Resources for Students with Disabilities

Wesleyan University is committed to supporting all students in their academic endeavors. The University provides services and reasonable accommodations to all students who need and have a legal entitlement to such accommodations. For more information about resources available to GLS students, please email or call Mary Kelly, Associate Director, at 860-685-3334.

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