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 (2017-2018) will be offered in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Level I. Entry-level Craft or Technique Courses:

ANTH 208: Crafting Ethnography* (2017-2018)
ANTH 210: Haiti: Between Anthropology and Journalism
ARHA 360: Museum Studies 
BIOL 137: Writing about Evolution

CCIV 330: Classical Studies Today: Writing for a General Audience* (2017-2018)

CIS 150: The Art of Academic Writing: The Environmental Movement in American History* (2017-2018)
COL 201: Writing Short Fiction* POI
COL 201: Writing Nonfiction* POI (2017-2018)  
COL 213: Writing Short Fiction* POI  

COL 227/WRCT227: Life Writing: Writing About the Self and From Experience* POI (2017-2018)

CHEM 120: Science and Humanity (2017-2018)

CHIN 223: Creative Writing in Chinese POI (2017-2018)

DANC 107: Writing About Dancing 

ENGL 130: The English Essay* POI (2017-2018)
ENGL 131: Writing About Places* POI (2017-2018) 

ENGL 145: FYS: Body and Text* (2017-2018)

ENGL 146: FYS: Three Big Novels (2017-2018)  

ENGL 190: FYS: Place, Character and Design* (2017-2018)

ENGL 216: Techniques of Poetry* (2017-2018)

ENGL 270: Writing Creative Non-Fiction* (2017-2018) 
ENGL 271: Distinguished Writers/New Voices* (2017-2018)

ENGL 278: Writing on and as Performance* (2017-2018) 
ENGL 290: Place, Character and Design* (2017-2018)
ENGL 292: Techniques of Nonfiction*  (2017-2018)
ENGL 296: Techniques of Fiction* (2017-2018)

ECON 327: The Global Firm: A Calderwood Public Writing Seminar* (2017-2018)

FILM 105: Writing the Moving Image: An Introduction to Crafting Visual Stories 

FIST 237: Literary Translation I

MUSC 121: Writing about Music

MUSC 205: Song: Music and Text* (2017-2018)
RUSS 220: Speak, Memory: The Russian Memoir 

THEA 199: Introduction to Playwriting* (2017-2018)
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 223: Translating a Story POI

WRCT 250: Topics in Journalism: Introduction to Data Journalism (2017-2018)

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 (2017-2018)  
COL 213: Advanced Fiction* POI 
COL 216: Writing Long Fiction* POI
COL 222: The Craft of Writing Nonfiction: Technique and Genre* POI

COL 309: Truth & the Poet: Lyric Subjectivity and Phenomenology (2017-2018)

CJST 221: From Literature to Cinema and Back: What Happens When Literary Works are Adapted to Films with Shimon Adaf

CCIV 330: Classical Studies Today: Writing for a General Audience* (2017-2018)

ENGL 121/ENGL 241: Special Topics in Creative Writing: Merging Forms*  
ENGL 132: Writing Medicine and the Doctor-Writer* POI (2017-2018)
ENGL 159: The Grotesque

ENGL 266: Special Topics: Creative Writing for New Media* (2017-2018)

ENGL 268: Reading and Writing Fiction* POI (2017-2018)

ENGL 271: Distinguished Writers/New Voices* (2017-2018) 
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: Girls: Character development across Genres* (2017-2018)
ENGL 313: Special Topics: The Art of Revision
ENGL 316: The Poem as Document*
ENGL 317: Special Topics: Plot POI
ENGL 318: James Baldwin in Black and White* POI

ENGL 318: Special Topics: Living Room: Place and Structure in the Novel and Short Story* (2017-2018)
ENGL 322: Poetics of the Short-Short POI
ENGL 325: Intermediate Nonfiction Workshop* POI  (2017-2018)
ENGL 326: Advanced Nonfction Workshop* POI  (2017-2018)
ENGL 333: Special Topics: Novel Forms* POI (2018-2019)

ENGL 336: Intermediate Poetry Workshop* POI  (2017-2018)
ENGL 337: Advanced Poetry Workshop* POI (2017-2018)
ENGL 339: Intermediate Fiction Workshop*  POI  (2017-2018)
ENGL 342: Advanced Fiction Workshop* POI (2017-2018) 
ENGL 347:  Special Topics: Day Books, Diaries, Notebooks, etc. POI (2017-2018)
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 POI (2015-2016)
ENGL 360: Special Topics: Writing Lives* POI

ENGL 364: Special Topics: Experiments in Fiction* (2017-2018)

ENGL 374: Special Topics: Unreliable Narrators* (2017-2018)

ENGL 412: Creative Criticism & Inquiry POI

ENGL 491/492: Ford Teaching Seminar

ECON 327: The Global Firm: A Calderwood Public Writing Seminar* (2017-2018)

FILM 370: The Art of Film Criticism* POI (2017-2018)  
FILM 452/WRCT 259: Writing about Film* POI (2017-2018) 

FILM 454: Screenwriting* POI (2017-2018)
FILM 455/WRCT 256: Writing for Television POI  
FILM 459/WRCT 263: Writing for Television II* POI (2017-2018)
FILM 460: Scripting Series for the Small Screen* POI (2017-2018)

FIST 302: Workshop in Literary Translation*

FREN 238: Representing the Self, Representing Yourself

GOV 158: Writing the World
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

LAT 262: Reading Latin, Writing Latin

NS&B 360: Neuroplasticity: How Experience Changes the Brain* (2017-2018)

PSYC 331: The Narratives of Illness and Recovery POI

RUSS 222/REES 222/RULE 222: The Double in Literature

RUSS 267/REEL 267/ RULE 267: Parody: Humor, Artistic Evolution, and Restoration of the Sacred*

THEA 246: Contemporary Plays: Writing and Reading* POI 
THEA 249: Contemporary Plays: Writing and Reading* POI

THEA 279: Music Theater Workshop* POI (2017-2018)
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 250M: Topics in Journalism: Storytelling and Social Change (2017-2018)

WRCT 250N: TBA taught by David Daley (2017-2018)

WRCT 250: Topics in Journalism: Introduction to Data Journalism (2017-2018)

 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 
WRCT 250H/ CSPL 250H: Topics in Journalism: Writing Op-Ed Pieces and Political Essays POI 

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.