Advanced Writing Application Process

Departments that would like to propose courses are encouraged to begin by thinking about when, where, how, and why their students are writing across time in their departmental courses, since the ultimate goal of Advanced Writing is not to provide one class that serves as a “writing inoculation” but to ensure that writing happens consistently in the service of learning.

This curricular reflection is likely to reveal a number of existing courses that might earn an “Advanced Writing” designation with some forefronting of the role writing plays in it or some additional emphasis on examples, feedback, etc. Once such courses are identified, departmental faculty members should discuss the ways that they meet the criteria. If new courses need to be developed, departments are welcome to consult with the Howe Center for Writing Excellence for assistance but will, of course, need to go through the usual system for gaining approval for new courses.

Process and Timeline for Approval

Departments that would like to submit a course for approval are encouraged to consult with the GMP Writing Committee in advance to receive support and feedback. You are welcome to schedule an appointment by contacting Dr. Elizabeth Wardle (, the committee chair and Director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence.

The GMP Writing Committee meets approximately twice per month and will make every effort to review your proposal at its next scheduled meeting, depending on workload. The committee will make a recommendation for approval or revision.

  • If it recommends for approval, the committee will share this recommendation with you and pass its recommendation to the LEC. Final approval comes from LEC and Senate.
  • If revision is requested, the committee will share its questions with you via email and/or request that a representative from your department attend the next meeting to provide additional context.

After Approval

Departments will be asked to request re-approval for Advanced Writing courses every five years. At that time, the committee will request examples of the syllabus as taught and ask for a summary of any data the department has collected about its efficacy. This material is not only to gain data needed to re-approve courses, but also to collect “showcase” examples that can be shared with the broader university community regarding what a variety of successful Advanced Writing courses look like and accomplish.

Submit Your Advanced Writing Application

*Important change beginning January 2018*

When you are ready to submit for approval, you must use the Curriculum Management Forms for courses or programs on the Registrar's website. If you have questions about the CIM system itself, please contact the Registrar ( Contact Elizabeth Wardle ( with questions about Advanced Writing requirements.

Once you begin the process on the Registrar's website, the form will ask whether you are submitting a course for approval as Advanced Writing. When you check "yes," you will be prompted to include two attachments:

  1. A brief (1-2 page) explanatory statement that:
    • Outlines how the course meets each of the three major criteria for Advanced Writing
    • Provides any necessary contextual information. For example, does your department deliberately include significant writing across multiple courses in the major and, if so, how does this course fit into your sequencing?
  2. The course syllabus, which includes:
    • A description of the course, course goals, and a statement noting that the course meets the Advanced Writing requirement. A short student-centered explanation of how and why it is an Advanced Writing course and what that means for students would be helpful.
    • A description of the major (formal or extended) writing assignments and their point/percentage value.
    • An overview of the types of informal writing that students can expect in the course.
    • A weekly calendar for the first few weeks of the course that illustrates the types of activities to be engaged in. This calendar can help the committee “see” where and how class time will be devoted to writing, broadly understood.
    • A statement indicating that the course meets the Advanced Writing requirement (see a model statement).