Academic Support and Resources

Wesleyan University offers services and programs to enrich, enhance and support your GLS academic endeavors. 

  • Advising

    GLS students seeking academic plan advising are encouraged to contact the GLS office prior to registering for classes. MPhil candidates, Graduate Certificate in Writing candidates and those MALS candidates planning a capstone must seek out the guidance of a faculty member to be advised on their thesis or capstone and are encouraged to establish such relationships early in their GLS career. The GLS office is available to assist students in defining their topic and acquiring faculty advisement, as requested.

    About halfway through each term, all degree candidates receive a Milestone letter. This letter details student academic progress and reminds students of policies for which they need to request exceptions, as needed (leave of absence, extension of study, fourth class with a professor, etc.)

  • Foundational Course Option
    Each semester, at least one—and sometimes several—GLS courses are offered with the “foundational course option.” The foundational option provides an additional level of guidance, support and feedback to ensure that students cultivate the tools and skills necessary for graduate level research and writing. All GLS students working toward a degree are strongly encouraged to take a foundational course as one of their first few courses in the program. Any student, degree or non-degree, may enroll in a foundational option, and some degree candidates may be required to do so as a condition of their admission to the program.
  • Writing Support

    GLS student writing is supported by the GLS office, the Writing Workshop and the GLS writing tutor. During the academic year, students can drop in or make an appointment with the Writing Workshop, staffed by undergraduates and post-graduate fellows selected and trained to provide excellent writing assistance.

    Students who need additional help, or who are seeking assistance in the summer term, should email

    Writing workshops are held by the GLS office throughout the year, focusing on topics including capstone proposal writing, research essay writing, and cover letters and resumes, depending on student need.