English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Creative Writing Concentration

The creative writing concentration is designed for students who wish to devote a considerable portion of their work in English to the writing of poetry or fiction (or both). Usually students fulfill the requirements for this concentration by taking four writing courses from the list of those that always count, ideally including either ENGH 492 (Advanced Fiction Writing workshop) or ENGH 494 (Advanced Poetry Writing workshop). Note: ENGH 396: Introduction to Creative Writing (or equivalent training) is prerequisite to 397 and 398, but 396 is not applicable to the concentration.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the BA in English, students receiving this concentration must complete 4 courses (12 credits) chosen from the following. Special topics courses may be used to fulfill the requirements for the concentration when so designated by the department.

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in English must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 36 credits in English/Linguistics beyond ENGH 300 (not including ENGH 302) with a minimum GPA of 2.00.  At least 12 credits (including the capstone requirement) must be at the 400 level.

300-level courses in English and linguistics teach the foundational principles for a field of study, include courses of broad scope, and provide an introduction to a genre, literary period, or methodology.

400-level courses in English and linguistics provide an in-depth approach to a field of study, a single genre, literary period, or methodology.  They include special topics classes and English honors classes.  Some 400 level courses require ENGH 305 as a prerequisite.

Students choose at least one and no more than two of seven concentrations, or an emphasis in comparative literature.

Students should consult with an English Department advisor to learn ways in which the Mason Core requirements can also satisfy college-level requirements for the English major.

BA in English with a concentration

Five required courses (15 credits)

Threshold course (3 credits)

ENGH 301 - The Fields of English Credits: 3

Field introduction courses (6 credits)

One required course (3 credits)

ENGH 305 - Dimensions of Writing and Literature Credits: 3

Additional course (3 credits) chosen from:

For many students this requirement will be met within the concentration. Those students will complete an additional 3 credit ENGH course above ENGH 302.

LING 306 - General Linguistics Credits: 3

ENGH 315 - Folklore and Folklife Credits: 3

ENGH 318 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 372 - Introduction to Film Credits: 3

ENGH 380 - Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 396 - Introduction to Creative Writing Credits: 3

Theory course (3 credits)

ENGH 308 - Theory and Inquiry Credits: 3

Capstone course (3 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 401 - RS: Honors Thesis Writing Seminar Credits: 3

ENGH 417 - RS: Topics in Folklore Research Credits: 3

ENGH 458 - RS: Topics in Literary Research Credits: 3

ENGH 470 - RS: Topics in Film/Media History Credits: 3

ENGH 484 - RS: Writing Ethnography Credits: 3

ENGH 486 - RS: Writing Nonfiction for Publication Credits: 3

Three core courses (9 credits)

Courses taken to fulfill this requirement may simultaneously satisfy a concentration.  Special topics courses, when relevant, may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the department.

One course (3 credits) in literature before 1800 chosen from:

ENGH 320 - Literature of the Middle Ages Credits: 3

ENGH 321 - English Poetry and Prose of the 16th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 322 - Shakespeare Credits: 3

ENGH 323 - Shakespeare: Special Topics Credits: 3

ENGH 324 - English Renaissance Drama Credits: 3

ENGH 325 - English Poetry and Prose of the 17th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 330 - Augustan Age: 1660-1745 Credits: 3

ENGH 331 - Age of Sensibility: 1745-1800 Credits: 3

ENGH 332 - Restoration and 18th Century Drama Credits: 3

ENGH 333 - British Novel of the 18th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 340 - Early American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 421 - Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 422 - Chaucer Credits: 3

ENGH 424 - Spenser Credits: 3

ENGH 428 - Milton Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in literature before 1915 chosen from courses listed above and the following courses:

ENGH 334 - British Poetry of the Romantic Period Credits: 3

ENGH 335 - Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period Credits: 3

ENGH 336 - British Novel of the 19th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 341 - Literature of the American Renaissance Credits: 3

ENGH 343 - Development of the American Novel to 1914 Credits: 3

ENGH 348 - Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865 Credits: 3

ENGH 349 - African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903 Credits: 3

ENGH 360 - Continental Fiction, 1770-1880 Credits: 3

ENGH 361 - Continental Fiction, 1880-1950 Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in minority, folkloric, or popular literary and cultural traditions chosen from:

ENGH 310 - Topics: Women and Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 315 - Folklore and Folklife Credits: 3

ENGH 319 - Popular Culture Credits: 3

ENGH 348 - Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865 Credits: 3

ENGH 349 - African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903 Credits: 3

ENGH 350 - African American Literature Through 1946 Credits: 3

ENGH 351 - Contemporary African American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 352 - Topics in Ethnic American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 362 - Global Voices Credits: 3

ENGH 366 - The Idea of a World Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 367 - World Literatures in English Credits: 3

ENGH 412 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 414 - Folklore of the Spirit World Credits: 3

ENGH 415 - Folk Arts and Folk Artists Credits: 3

ENGH 416 - Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore Credits: 3

ENGH 419 - Topics in Popular Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 451 - Science Fiction Credits: 3

ENGH 452 - Critical Study of Children's Literature Credits: 3

One elective course (0-12 credits)

Students must take 0-12 elective credits in the major as needed to meet the 36-credit requirement.

Four courses (12 credits) in one concentration

Special topics courses may be used to fulfill the requirements for a concentration when so designated by department.

◊ Concentration in Creative Writing (CW)

Four courses (12 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 377 - Digital Creative Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 397 - Poetry Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 398 - Fiction Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 399 - Creative Nonfiction Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 492 - Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop Credits: 3

ENGH 493 - Advanced Workshop in Nonfiction Credits: 3

ENGH 494 - Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop Credits: 3

ENGH 497 - Topics in Creative Writing Credits: 3

◊ Concentration in Cultural Studies (CULT)

Four courses (12 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 308 - Theory and Inquiry Credits: 3

ENGH 310 - Topics: Women and Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 315 - Folklore and Folklife Credits: 3

ENGH 318 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 319 - Popular Culture Credits: 3

ENGH 348 - Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865 Credits: 3

ENGH 349 - African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903 Credits: 3

ENGH 350 - African American Literature Through 1946 Credits: 3

ENGH 351 - Contemporary African American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 352 - Topics in Ethnic American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 362 - Global Voices Credits: 3

ENGH 372 - Introduction to Film Credits: 3

ENGH 412 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 414 - Folklore of the Spirit World Credits: 3

ENGH 415 - Folk Arts and Folk Artists Credits: 3

ENGH 416 - Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore Credits: 3

ENGH 418 - Cultural Constructions of Sexualities Credits: 3

ENGH 419 - Topics in Popular Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 452 - Critical Study of Children's Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 474 - Topics in Film/Media Studies Credits: 3

May include one course from outside the English Department chosen from:

COMM 465 - Topics in Communication and Gender Credits: 3

CULT 320 - Globalization and Culture Credits: 3

PSYC 362 - Psychology of Gender Credits: 3

SOCI 315 - Contemporary Gender Relations Credits: 3

WMST 300 - Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies Credits: 1-6

WMST 330 - Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies Credits: 3

◊ Concentration in Film and Media Studies (FILM)

Four courses (12 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 318 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 319 - Popular Culture  Credits: 3(with department approval)

ENGH 362 - Global Voices Credits: 3(with department approval)

ENGH 370 - Introduction to Documentary Credits: 3

ENGH 371 - Television Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 372 - Introduction to Film Credits: 3

ENGH 418 - Cultural Constructions of Sexualities Credits: 3(with department approval)

ENGH 470 - RS: Topics in Film/Media History Credits: 3

ENGH 472 - Topics in Film/Media Theory Credits: 3

ENGH 474 - Topics in Film/Media Studies Credits: 3

May include one course from outside the English Department chosen from:

COMM 365 - Gender, Race, and Class in the Media Credits: 3

COMM 380 - Media Criticism Credits: 3

COMM 465 - Topics in Communication and Gender Credits: 3

FAVS 300 - Global Horror Film Credits: 3

FAVS 352 - Ethics of Film and Video Credits: 3

FREN 470 - French and Francophone Cinema Credits: 3

FRLN 331 - Topics in World Cinema Credits: 3

JAPA 320 - Japanese Cinema Credits: 3

MUSI 301 - Music in Motion Pictures Credits: 3

RUSS 470 - Topics in (Post) Soviet Film Credits: 3

◊ Concentration in Folklore and Mythology (FOLK)

At least two courses (6 credits) in folklore and mythology chosen from:

ENGH 315 - Folklore and Folklife Credits: 3

ENGH 316 - Topics in Myth and Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 412 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 414 - Folklore of the Spirit World Credits: 3

ENGH 415 - Folk Arts and Folk Artists Credits: 3

ENGH 416 - Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore Credits: 3

ENGH 459 - Internship Credits: 1-3

ENGH 484 - RS: Writing Ethnography Credits: 3

ENGH 591 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

May include one course from outside the English Department chosen from:

ANTH 450 - Qualitative Methods: Nonstatistical Approaches in Culture and Social Research Credits: 3

CLAS 340 - Greek and Roman Epic Credits: 3

Up to two courses (6 credits) related to folklore and mythology chosen from:

ENGH 318 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 320 - Literature of the Middle Ages Credits: 3

ENGH 322 - Shakespeare Credits: 3

ENGH 323 - Shakespeare: Special Topics Credits: 3

ENGH 339 - British and Irish Drama after 1900 Credits: 3

ENGH 348 - Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865 Credits: 3

ENGH 349 - African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903 Credits: 3

ENGH 350 - African American Literature Through 1946 Credits: 3

ENGH 351 - Contemporary African American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 362 - Global Voices Credits: 3

ENGH 422 - Chaucer Credits: 3

ENGH 424 - Spenser Credits: 3

ENGH 428 - Milton Credits: 3

May include one course from outside the English Department chosen from:

ANTH 301 - Native North Americans Credits: 3

ANTH 302 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America Credits: 3

ANTH 306 - Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia Credits: 3

ANTH 307 - Ancient Mesoamerica Credits: 3

ANTH 308 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East Credits: 3

ANTH 313 - Myth, Magic, and Mind Credits: 3

ANTH 332 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization Credits: 3

ARTH 319 - Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East Credits: 3

ARTH 321 - Greek Art and Archaeology Credits: 3

ARTH 322 - Roman Art and Archaeology Credits: 3

ARTH 340 - Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1300-1500 Credits: 3

ARTH 342 - High Renaissance Art in Italy, 1480–1570 Credits: 3

ARTH 345 - Northern Baroque Art, 1600-1750 Credits: 3

ARTH 382 - Arts of India Credits: 3

ARTH 383 - Arts of Southeast Asia Credits: 3

ARTH 384 - Arts of China Credits: 3

ARTH 385 - Arts of Japan Credits: 3

◊ Concentration in Linguistics (LING)

One required course (3 credits):

LING 306 - General Linguistics Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) chosen from:

LING 307 - English Grammar Credits: 3

LING 450 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics Credits: 3

LING 485 - Semantics and Pragmatics Credits: 3

LING 486 - Syntax I Credits: 3

LING 490 - Generative Phonology Credits: 3

LING 499 - Independent Study Credits: 1-3

LING 507 - Field Work in Applied Linguistics Credits: 3

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

LING 523 - English Phonetics Credits: 3

LING 581 - Psycholinguistics Credits: 3

LING 582 - Second Language Acquisition Credits: 3

◊ Concentration in Literature (LIT)

Four courses (12 credits) chosen from:

When relevant, ENGH 400 - Honors Seminar, ENGH 401 - RS: Honors Thesis Writing Seminar, and ENGH 402 - Honors Independent Study may be applied to this concentration.

ENGH 304 - Topics: Literary Surveys Credits: 3

ENGH 309 - Topics in Literature Credits: 1-3

ENGH 310 - Topics: Women and Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 320 - Literature of the Middle Ages Credits: 3

ENGH 321 - English Poetry and Prose of the 16th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 322 - Shakespeare Credits: 3

ENGH 323 - Shakespeare: Special Topics Credits: 3

ENGH 324 - English Renaissance Drama Credits: 3

ENGH 325 - English Poetry and Prose of the 17th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 330 - Augustan Age: 1660-1745 Credits: 3

ENGH 331 - Age of Sensibility: 1745-1800 Credits: 3

ENGH 332 - Restoration and 18th Century Drama Credits: 3

ENGH 333 - British Novel of the 18th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 334 - British Poetry of the Romantic Period Credits: 3

ENGH 335 - Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period Credits: 3

ENGH 336 - British Novel of the 19th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 337 - British Poetry after 1900 Credits: 3

ENGH 338 - British Novel after 1900 Credits: 3

ENGH 339 - British and Irish Drama after 1900 Credits: 3

ENGH 340 - Early American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 341 - Literature of the American Renaissance Credits: 3

ENGH 343 - Development of the American Novel to 1914 Credits: 3

ENGH 344 - Development of the American Novel since 1914 Credits: 3

ENGH 345 - American Drama of the 20th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 346 - American Poetry of the 20th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 348 - Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865 Credits: 3

ENGH 349 - African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903 Credits: 3

ENGH 350 - African American Literature Through 1946 Credits: 3

ENGH 351 - Contemporary African American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 352 - Topics in Ethnic American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 355 - Recent American Fiction Credits: 3

ENGH 356 - Recent American Poetry Credits: 3

ENGH 360 - Continental Fiction, 1770-1880 Credits: 3

ENGH 361 - Continental Fiction, 1880-1950 Credits: 3

ENGH 362 - Global Voices  Credits: 3(when topic is relevant with departmental approval)

ENGH 366 - The Idea of a World Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 367 - World Literatures in English Credits: 3

ENGH 368 - Modern Drama Credits: 3

ENGH 408 - Topics in Criticism  Credits: 3(when topic is relevant, with departmental approval)

ENGH 409 - Literary Modes Credits: 3

ENGH 419 - Topics in Popular Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 421 - Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 422 - Chaucer Credits: 3

ENGH 424 - Spenser Credits: 3

ENGH 428 - Milton Credits: 3

ENGH 431 - Topics: British Literary Periods Credits: 3

ENGH 432 - Topics: British Authors Credits: 3

ENGH 441 - Topics: American Authors Credits: 3

ENGH 442 - Topics: American Literary Periods Credits: 3

ENGH 451 - Science Fiction Credits: 3

ENGH 452 - Critical Study of Children's Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 453 - Topics in Fiction Credits: 3

ENGH 454 - Topics in Poetry Credits: 3

ENGH 455 - Topics in Drama Credits: 3

ENGH 456 - Topics in Literary Nonfiction Credits: 3

ENGH 458 - RS: Topics in Literary Research Credits: 3

◊ Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric (WRTR)

Four courses (12 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 375 - Web Authoring and Design Credits: 3

ENGH 376 - Rhetoric and New Media Credits: 3

ENGH 380 - Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 382 - Writing Nonfiction Genres Credits: 3

ENGH 386 - Editing for Audience, Style, and Voice Credits: 3

ENGH 388 - Professional and Technical Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 399 - Creative Nonfiction Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 459 - Internship Credits: 3

ENGH 483 - Technical Editing Credits: 3

ENGH 484 - RS: Writing Ethnography Credits: 3

ENGH 485 - Document Design Credits: 3

ENGH 486 - RS: Writing Nonfiction for Publication Credits: 3

ENGH 488 - Topics in Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 489 - Proposal Writing and Development Credits: 3

Total: 36 credits

BA in English with a Comparative Literature Emphasis

The English Department and the Modern and Classical Languages Department offer a BA in English with an emphasis in comparative literature. This program combines the study of literature in English with the study of one or more foreign literatures and with cross-cultural literary study. It requires 10 courses above ENGH 302.  Students should consult with their advisor to design a program of study that best suits their particular interests and goals.

Two required courses (6 credits)

CL 300 - Introduction to Comparative Literature Credits: 3

CL 514 - Theories of Comparative Literature Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in literary criticism chosen from:

Students choose a course appropriate for their focus.

ENGH 305 - Dimensions of Writing and Literature Credits: 3

FREN 381 - Introduction to Literary Analysis Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) in English or American literature

Two courses (6 credits) in literature other than English or American

Students meet this requirement with courses in a literature other than English or American, either in translation or, for those pursuing foreign language study, with selected readings in the original language.

Three courses (9 credits) in comparative or world literature

Comparative or world literature courses are designated by the comparative literature committee and generally selected in consultation with the advisor every semester. Examples are:

ENGH 366 - The Idea of a World Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 421 - Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 360 - Continental Fiction, 1770-1880 Credits: 3

ENGH 361 - Continental Fiction, 1880-1950 Credits: 3

ENGH 367 - World Literatures in English Credits: 3

Total: 30 credits

Writing Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in English fulfill this requirement by successfully completing ENGH 305. Students doing the comparative literature emphasis who do not take ENGH 305 will have to meet the writing intensive requirement with another non-English course.

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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