Certificate Courses

Certificate Requirements:  To earn the certificate, students must take at least five full-credit courses.

Courses must include:

  • At least one Level I course, but no more than 2 such courses.  Level I courses, listed below, are introductory-level classes that teach basic writing techniques.

  • Three electives.  These electives should be chosen from the Level I and Level II courses listed below. 
Electives must meet these additional requirements:
  • One must be a course taught in a workshop format
  • One must be a permission-of-instructor (POI) course
  • A second Level 1 course can be counted in this set of electives
  • A tutorial for a creative writing honors thesis or senior essay may count as one, but no more than one elective.
  • The Writing Certificate senior seminar, WRCT 350, a one-credit pass/fail course open to seniors and juniors who have completed all other certificate requirements.

To petition the Writing Programs for inclusion of a course to be considered as part of the Writing Certificate, please click here for the petition form. 

NOTE: If you would like your set of 5 courses to include a course not listed below, please contact Professor Anne Greene, Writing Certificate Director at agreene@wesleyan.edu.
You may also be asked to submit the petition form. 

Courses offered

  • The following courses may be counted toward the certificate.
  • Workshop courses are designated by an asterisk *.
  • Permission of Instructor courses are marked POI.
  • Courses followed by (2015-2016) will be offered in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Level I. Entry-level Craft or Technique Courses:

ANTH 208: Crafting Ethnography*
ANTH 210: Haiti: Between Anthropology and Journalism (2015-2016)
ARHA 360: Museum Studies (2015-2016)
BIOL 137: Writing about Evolution  
COL 201: Writing Short Fiction* POI
COL 201: Writing Nonfiction POI  
COL 213: Writing Short Fiction* POI  
COL 227: Life Writing: Writing About the Self and From Experience  
DANC 107: Writing About Dancing (2015-2016)
ENGL 131: Writing About Places
ENGL 134: Three Big Novels 
ENGL 216: Techniques of Poetry
ENGL 270: Writing Creative Non-Fiction*  
ENGL 271: Distinguished Writers/New Voices*  
ENGL 290: Place, Character and Design*
ENGL 292: Techniques of Non-Fiction  
ENGL 296: Techniques of Fiction  
FREN 237: Literary Translation I (2015-2016)
MUSC 121: Writing about Music  
RUSS 220: Speak, Memory: The Russian Memoir (2015-2016)
THEA 199: Introduction to Playwriting*  
THEA 321: Adaptation*

WRCT 101: Writing about the Natural Sciences 
WRCT 103: Writing about the Social Sciences 
WRCT 105: Writing about the Humanities and Arts
WRCT 220/SISP 200: Translating Science POI  
WRCT 221: Writing About Science and Other Specialized Topics* POI  
WRCT 222: Writing about Science and Other Specialized Topics: A Journalistic Approach* POI  
WRCT 347: Special Topic: Day Books, Diaries, Notebooks, Etc.  
WRCT 355: Special Topics in Creative Writing: The Use of Humor  

Please note: Students may take Level II courses before completing a Level I course.

Level II. Electives:

AFAM 375/ENGL 244: Workshop in African American Poetry* POI
AMST 245/ENGL 246: Personalizing History
MB&B 180/BIO 180/CHEM 180/ENGL 180: Writing about Science
CHUM 355/WRCT255:
Translation: Theory and Practice
COL 201
: Writing Short Fiction* POI
COL 201:  Writing Nonfiction POI  
COL 213: Advanced Fiction* POI 
COL 216: Writing Long Fiction* POI
COL 222: The Craft of Writing Nonfiction: Technique and Genre* POI
ENGL 121/ENGL 241: Special Topics in Creative Writing: Merging Forms*  
ENGL 130: The English Essay POI  
ENGL 132: Writing Medicine and the Doctor-Writer POI
ENGL 159: The Grotesque
ENGL 271: Distinguished Writers/New Voices*  
ENGL 274: Oral Histories and the Portland Brownstone Quarry
ENGL 276: Space and Place in Fiction* POI
ENGL 290: Place, Character and Design*
ENGL 306: Special Topics: The Beats and Their Discontents* POI
ENGL 312
: Special Topics: Identity Fictions POI
ENGL 316: The Poem as Document*
ENGL 317:
Special Topics: Character POI
ENGL 318: James Baldwin in Black and White* POI
ENGL 322: Poetics of the Short-Short POI
ENGL 325: Intermediate Non-Fiction Workshop* POI  
ENGL 326: Advanced Non-Fiction Workshop* POI 
ENGL 336: Intermediate Poetry Workshop* POI  
ENGL 337: Advanced Poetry Workshop* POI  
ENGL 339: Intermediate Fiction Workshop*  POI  
ENGL 342: Advanced Fiction Workshop* POI  
ENGL 347:  Special Topics: Day Books, Diaries, Notebooks, etc. POI
ENGL 355:  Special Topic in Creative Writing: The Use of Humor POI
ENGL 358: Writing the War on Terror; Crafting Literary Responses to Fiction, Film and Television after 9/11 (2015-2016)
ENGL 360: Special Topics: Writing Lives* POI
ENGL 361: Novel Forms
ENGL 412: Creative Criticism & Inquiry POI
ENGL 491/492
: Ford Teaching Seminar  
FILM 452/WRCT 259: Writing about Film for Modern Media POI 
FILM 452/WRCT 259: Writing about Film POI  
FILM 454: Screenwriting POI  
FILM 455/WRCT 256 Writing for Television POI  
FiLM 459/WRCT 263: Writing for Television II POI
FILM 460: Scripting Series for the Small Screen POI  
FREN 302: Workshop in Literary Translation*  
HEST 230: Israel on the Road: Making Road Trip Films with Filmmaker Dani Menken
HIST 132/344: Writing Historical Biography/Biographical Fiction* POI 
HIST 171: Exploring Middletown's History: A Research and Writing Workshop*
HIST 369: Writing About War* POI
NS&B 360: Capstone Experience in Neuroscience & Behavior* POI
PSYC 331: The Narratives of Illness and Recovery POI
THEA 246: Contemporary Plays: Writing and Reading* POI 
THEA 299/ENGL 174: A Playwright′s Workshop* POI
THEA 299/ ENGL 299: A Playwright's Workshop* POI  
THEA 321: Translation/Adaptation 
THEA 399/ ENGL 399: A Playwright's Workshop: Advanced* POI  

WRCT 250e/CSPL 129: Topics in Journalism/Telling War Stories: Fact, Memory, and Imagination in Conflict Reporting and the Literature of War POI  
WRCT 250G/ ENGL 257/ CSPL 250F: Topics in Journalism: Literary Journalism POI (2015-2016)
WRCT 255/GRST285,COL355,RUSS355,ALIT355,FRST355,ENGL354,IBST355,RLIT355: Translation: Theory and Practice  
WRCT 256: Writing For Television* POI  
WRCT 257: Reading and Writing Fiction* POI  
WRCT 258/GOV 190: Journalist as Citizen* POI  
WRCT 259/FILM 452: Writing About Film for Modern Media  
WRCT 260: Reading and Writing Fiction II* POI  
WRCT 260: Advanced Fiction POI  
WRCT 261: Topics in Journalism: Disruption, Truth, and the Future of News POI
WRCT 262: Topics in Journalism: Foreign Affairs POI   
WRCT 262: Topics in Journalism: Writing (and Arguing) About Inequality POI
WRCT 263: Writing For Television II* POI  
WRCT 264/ENGL 297: Creating Children's Books* (POI)  
WRCT 265/HEST 220: Identity and Alterity in Israeli Literature
WRCT 266: Topics in Journalism: Techniques of Narrative Journalism POI
WRCT 267/ENGL 268: Creative Criticism and Inquiry:Writing Documentary Nonfiction and Poetry* POI  
WRCT 268: Topics in Journalism: Writing (and Arguing) About Inequality: How to Make Your Case POI
WRCT 269: Topics in Journalism: Journalism, Nonfiction Writing and the Search for Truth POI

A creative writing honors theses or senior essay may count as one elective credit toward the certificate.

III. Senior Seminar 

WRCT 350: Senior Seminar/capstone course (spring semester).  A course description of the senior seminar is available here.

Information on Listed Courses

To find course descriptions for Level I and Level II courses listed above, consult the Wesmaps Directory.  WRCT courses are listed under Writing.  Other courses maybe be found through the directory by clicking on the names of specific departments (e.g., Chemistry, History, French, etc.). If you have questions about courses not included in the above list, please consult our FAQ.

Notice to Faculty

Faculty members of all departments are encouraged to propose new courses to add to the list of writing classes honored by the Certificate. Please contact Anne Greene, if you have any questions, at agreene@wesleyan.edu.