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  • Petition Form
    GLS students should use the petition form when making the following requests:
    • fourth course with instructor
    • additional class inside or outside of concentration
    • plan of study change
    • leave of absence
    • seventh or eighth year of study
  • Writing Assistance Request
    Students who need help developing a tutorial, capstone or thesis proposal, or are faced with a writing challenge for a GLS course, should email with subject "Writing Assistance Request." Student writing is supported by the GLS office, the Writing Workshop and the GLS writing tutor.
  • Graduate Tutorial Instructions

    GLS graduate tutorial (independent study) courses provide degree candidates with the opportunity to develop their own in-depth, serious course of study on advanced topics of specialized interest in subjects not taught in the GLS course offerings but appropriate to the GLS curriculum. The burden of proof for a tutorial—its subject matter, assignments, book list, work load and meeting schedule—is the responsibility of the student to prepare. The student takes the initiative to develop a tutorial topic in consultation with a faculty advisor, and designs the tutorial as a complete course, with a clear theme, a coherent range of sources to be studied (texts, archival materials, images, etc.) and a progression of study that culminates in a written or creative project. A maximum of three graduate tutorials may count toward degree requirements. The only roles of the GLS office are to a) ensure that the advisor is appropriate to the tutorial, and b) that the tutorial proposal meets all of the criteria, as outlined below.

    GLS Graduate Tutorial Regulations

    • Students: Students admitted to a Wesleyan GLS degree program may apply for a graduate tutorial course for a maximum of three tutorials. Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Writing program may apply for one tutorial. Non-degree students are not eligible.

    • Quantity: Only one tutorial/independent study in a given semester. Note: Students may not simultaneously enroll in a tutorial in addition to a capstone or second graduate tutorial.

    • Rigor: A tutorial should be a rigorous, advanced study, as appropriate to an upper-level graduate course.

    • Topics: A tutorial should engage research and analysis of a specialized topic not offered for study in the course listings during the recent, current or future posted academic terms.

    • Liberal arts focus: The topic, method of study, and coursework of the tutorial must be appropriate to the Wesleyan University liberal arts curriculum.

    • Faculty: The tutorial must be supervised by a faculty advisor who is a member of the Wesleyan University faculty or has been a GLS visiting lecturer within the last two years.

    • Assignments: Assignments must include work that can appropriately be assessed by the advising faculty member. Typically, this will fall into the category of creative work (writing and studio arts) and critical academic (expository) writing. Critical academic writing may take the form of response papers, short essays and research papers. Students should strive to produce a minimum of 15 written pages for creative and academic projects. The GLS director will consult with the advising faculty member as necessary to confirm that other formats of assigned work (i.e., studio art) meet the same criteria for evaluation as a semester-long course.

    How to Prepare a GLS Tutorial

    1. Identify and clarify the topic you would like to spend the semester researching and writing about.
    2. Begin research in order to establish a method of analysis, compose a reading list and draft a syllabus.
    3. Research the faculty in your field of interest to identify those whose area of expertise covers your topic area.
    4. Send an e-mail to with the name of the faculty member you would like to approach as an advisor, and include the topic, description, booklist and syllabus. If you need assistance identifying a faculty member, GLS staff can help.
    5. Once the GLS office has confirmed that your proposed advisor is eligible to advise a tutorial, contact the advisor directly. You will work in concert to refine and finalize the tutorial proposal, covering the following:
      1. confirm the topic of study
      2. define the method of analysis
      3. identify the resources that will be studied
      4. determine required coursework
      5. specify assignments
      6. identify the basis of the final grade
      7. select a schedule of meetings and communications for you and your faculty advisor
    6. Once the tutorial proposal is finalized and the faculty member approves, request a link to the online proposal request form. Fill out the form and attach all of the components of the proposal as a PDF document. The PDF should include:
      1. an email from the instructor (emailed to the student and to approving the tutorial proposal
      2. one-page course description focusing on the themes of the course, methods of analysis and progression of study through the term
      3. course syllabus that includes both a calendar of study and calendar of reading and writing/creative assignments, a description of the final paper/project, and the calendar of meetings with the faculty advisor
      4. complete bibliography of sources of study for the course
      5. proposed bibliography for the final paper/project
    7. The online request and all other materials must be submitted to our office no later than 5 p.m., three weeks before the start of the term in which the tutorial will take place.

    Tutorial Applications will be reviewed before each term and you and your faculty advisor will be notified of the result by e-mail. If the application is approved, you will be sent a confirmation of registration and be prompted to pay immediately through the online payment system. Tuition and fees for a tutorial are the same as those for a regular GLS course.

    Note: Once you have registered for a tutorial, you may not withdraw except in the case of medical emergency.

    Grades and Credit Policies
    Tutorials will be graded on an A–F basis. The official transcript will show the course title as “Graduate Tutorial,” and the course number will be its area of study plus the number 692 (i.e., ARTS 692, HUMS 692). No more than three tutorial courses shall be counted toward a degree. Students may not request an incomplete for a tutorial.

    Submission of Final Work to GLS Office
    In order to have an archival record of tutorials, students will deliver a copy of the final paper or project to the GLS by the end of the term. If the final work is a non-written creative project, the student shall submit photos, recordings, video or other appropriate media to show the work done for the project. The final grade for the tutorial will be posted after this documentation is received. Incomplete grades are not allowed for tutorial courses.

  • Thesis and Project Binding Form
    Writers of MPhil theses are required to submit a copy of their thesis for binding and preservation in the library’s collection. Capstone writers may elect to have their projects bound. Print out and complete the Thesis and Project Binding Form and bring to the GLS office with payment and the copy of your work to be bound. This copy will be archived with Olin Library. Students are strongly encouraged to order a copy for their own record. If you would like information on how to order personal copies, please call our office.
  • Name Change Request
    Print out, complete and bring the Name Change Request Form to the GLS office with your Social Security card, updated passport, or court order document which reflects the new legal name that should be entered in our system.