The master of arts in English at Mason offers students the opportunity to enhance their skills of reading, writing, research and teaching with courses that encompass the wide range of contemporary English studies. Students can work in and across concentrations in literature, professional writing, rhetoric, cultural studies, film, folklore, linguistics, and the teaching of writing and literature. It offers the MA in field-specific concentrations as well as the opportunity to combine a concentration in one field with a certificate from another one. Many students use the MA for professional enhancement, or as an entry into teaching, professional writing, or doctoral study.
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Total credits: 30
Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.
Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 30 credits in one concentration as specified below.
Students in the concentrations of cultural studies, literature, and teaching of writing and literature must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a foreign language in one of the following ways: submitting an undergraduate (or continuing education) transcript that includes courses corresponding to intermediate proficiency; completing a Mason foreign language course numbered 202 or higher; passing a proficiency exam administered by the English department.
|ENGH 501||Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric 1||3|
|ENGH 502||Research Methods in Rhetoric and Professional Writing||3|
|ENGH 503||Theory and Practice of Editing||3|
|ENGH 505||Document Design||3|
|Select 9 credits from the following:||9|
|Research for Narrative Writing|
|Web Authoring and Design|
|Proposal Writing and Development|
|Studies in Rhetoric|
|Cultures of Professional Writing|
|Proseminar in Composition Instruction|
|Advanced Proposal Writing|
|Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric|
|Northern Virginia Writing Project Teacher/Research Seminar|
|Select 3 credits from the following:||3|
|Introduction to Literary Theory|
|Studies in Rhetoric|
|Feminist Theory and Criticism|
|Introduction to Cultural Studies|
|Electives in English|
|Select 0-3 credits of electives in English||0-3|
|Project or Thesis|
|Select 3-6 credits of a project or thesis||3-6|
|Projects in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (3 credits)|
|Thesis (6 credits)|
ENGH 501 Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric should be taken in the first semester of study, if possible.
Students who choose a project take one additional elective of 3 credits.