Candidacy: Students should apply for candidacy in their sophomore or junior year. Applications from seniors may also be considered. To apply you must have received a grade of at least B+ (or the COL equivalent) in one of the courses listed as eligible for the certificate.
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 here, are introductory-level classes that teach basic writing techniques.
- Three electives.
These electives should be chosen from the lists of Level I and Level II
courses listed here. Electives must meet these additional
- One must be a course taught in a workshop format
- One must be a permission-of-instructor (POI) course
- No more than one elective can be a Level I course
- 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, WRCT350, a one-credit pass/fail course open to seniors and juniors who have completed all other certificate requirements.
Exemptions: Under limited circumstances,
students may obtain an exemption from the Level I requirement, and take a
fourth elective instead of an introductory course. Please see our FAQ for
specific guidelines regarding exemptions.
GPA: To be eligible for the certificate, students must earn a GPA of at least 3.5 (or the COL equivalent) in their five required courses.