English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Nonfiction Concentration

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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BFA in Creative Writing must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 45 credits (15 courses) in English/Linguistics beyond ENGH 300 (not including ENGH 302) with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Students will complete 21 credits of BFA core requirements, 12 credits from one of 3 concentrations, and 12 credits in English department requirements.

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 should consult with an English department advisor to learn ways in which the Mason Core requirements can also satisfy college-level requirements or the BFA.

At the discretion of the Department, transfer students may substitute transferred lower level creative writing classes for some BFA requirements. With permission of the department, BFA students may select a substitute for concentration required coursework from the list of courses approved for the writing or literature elective requirement. Substitutions must be justified as specifically relevant to the student's study. Substitutions will not satisfy more than one requirement within the major.

BFA Core Requirements (21 credits)

Five required courses for major (15 credits)

ENGH 301 - The Fields of English Credits: 3

ENGH 305 - Dimensions of Writing and Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 377 - Digital Creative Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 396 - Introduction to Creative Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 495 - Capstone and Thesis Credits: 3

Two required workshop courses (6 credits) chosen from:

The workshops are in the two areas outside of the chosen concentration. The remaining workshop is included as part of the concentration requirements.

ENGH 397 - Poetry Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 398 - Fiction Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 399 - Creative Nonfiction Writing Credits: 3

Concentrations (12 credits)

Students must complete one of the following 12 credit concentrations.

◊ Concentration in Nonfiction (NFIC)

ENGH 399 - Creative Nonfiction Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 393 - Forms of Nonfiction Credits: 3

ENGH 456 - Topics in Literary Nonfiction Credits: 3

ENGH 493 - Advanced Workshop in Nonfiction Credits: 3

English Department Requirements (12 credits)

 Students take one course from each group below.

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:

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

a second course from literature before 1800 list above

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 course (3 credits) in writing or literature electives

 Students choose one course from any of the following groups.

Additional writing courses

ENGH 388 - Professional and Technical Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 402 - Honors Independent Study Credits: 1-3

ENGH 459 - Internship Credits: 1-3

ENGH 484 - RS: Writing Ethnography 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

ENGH 499 - Independent Study Credits: 1-6

ENGH 505 - Document Design Credits: 3

Or courses in contemporary literature

ENGH 315 - Folklore and Folklife Credits: 3

ENGH 319 - Popular Culture 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 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 351 - Contemporary African American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 368 - Modern Drama 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 419 - Topics in Popular Literature 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(for fiction and poetry concentrators only)

Or courses in writing for other arts

AVT 395 - Writing for Artists Credits: 3

CHSS 390 - Peer Tutoring in Writing across the Disciplines Credits: 0-1(repeatable for up to 3 credits)

THR 380 - Playwriting I Credits: 3

THR 381 - Playwriting II Credits: 3

THR 382 - Screenplay Workshop Credits: 3

THR 480 - Advanced Playwriting Credits: 3

Total: 45 credits

Electives

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

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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