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Teaching of Writing and Literature Concentration

The MA in English concentration in the teaching of writing and literature is an innovative degree that combines course work in literature and composition with seminars in pedagogical methods. It serves well as a gateway to primary or secondary education, community college teaching, or further graduate work in such fields as composition and rhetoric.

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Students in this concentration must complete the foreign language proficiency required of all students pursuing the MA in English and the requirements below.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 30 to 33 credits in one of the following concentrations and demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. 

Foreign Language Proficiency

Students in all concentrations must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by completing a Mason foreign language course numbered 210 or higher, or by passing a translation test administered by the department.

◊ Concentration in the Teaching of Writing and Literature (TWL)

One required course (3 credits)

ENGH 701 - Research in English Studies Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) in writing chosen from:

ENGH 505 - Document Design Credits: 3

ENGH 564 - Form of Poetry Credits: 3

ENGH 565 - Forms of Nonfiction Credits: 3

ENGH 566 - Forms of Fiction Credits: 3

ENGH 611 - Studies in Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 612 - Cultures of Professional Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 613 - Technical Communication Credits: 3

ENGH 616 - Nonfiction Writing Workshop Credits: 1-6

ENGH 617 - Poetry Writing Workshop Credits: 1-6

ENGH 618 - Fiction Writing Workshop Credits: 1-6

ENGH 619 - Special Topics in Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 699 - Workshop in English Credits: 1-3

Two courses (6 credits) in literature chosen from:

ENGH 511 - Graduate Literature Survey Credits: 3

ENGH 513 - Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 514 - Theories of Comparative Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 526 - Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 530 - Graduate Survey in African American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 555 - Introduction to Cinema Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 590 - Topics in Folk Narrative Credits: 3

ENGH 591 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 642 - Seminar in British Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 644 - Seminar in American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 646 - Seminar in Advanced Research Credits: 3

ENGH 661 - Seminar in African-American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 662 - Seminar in Literary Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 665 - Seminar in Global Culture Credits: 3

ENGH 670 - Seminar in Film and Media Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 681 - Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 685 - Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English Credits: 3

ENGH 705 - Literary Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 790 - Projects in Literary Studies Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in linguistics chosen from:

Students usually fulfill this requirement with LING 520. The other courses listed have prerequisites.

LING 507 - Field Work in Applied Linguistics Credits: 3

LING 520 - Introduction to Linguistics Credits: 3

LING 521 - Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language Credits: 3

LING 522 - Modern English Grammar Credits: 3

LING 581 - Psycholinguistics Credits: 3

EDCI 519 - Methods of Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in the teaching of writing chosen from:

ENGH 615 - Proseminar in Composition Instruction Credits: 3

ENGH 695 - Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program  Credits: 1-3(offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts)

ENGH 699 - Workshop in English Credits: 1-3(NVWP Summer Institute, open to full-time teachers on an invitation basis)

One course (3 credits) in teaching of literature chosen from:

ENGH 610 - Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 695 - Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program  Credits: 1-3(offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts)

One course (3 credits) in composition theory

ENGH 697 - Composition Theory Credits: 3

or an appropriate section of
ENGH 611 - Studies in Rhetoric Credits: 3

Up to one elective course (3 credits) in literature or writing

Students who choose to complete project or thesis credits below will do so in place of this requirement.

Optional Project or Thesis (3-6 credits)

Project (3 credits)

Students who choose a project take 3 fewer elective credits in literature or writing.

ENGH 790 - Projects in Literary Studies Credits: 3

Thesis (6 credits)

Students may arrange to do a thesis working with an advisor and the director of graduate studies in English. Students who pursue this option take 3 fewer elective credits in literature or writing. They must complete 33 (rather than 30) credits to receive their degree.

ENGH 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30-33 credits

Total: 30-33 credits

Most students complete 30 credits. Students in the concentration in the teaching of writing and literature who chose to do a thesis complete 33 credits.

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