English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

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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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30-33

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 to 33 credits in one concentration as specified below. Students in the concentration in the teaching of writing and literature who chose to do a thesis complete 33 credits. 

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 210 or higher; passing a proficiency exam administered by the English department.

Concentration in the Teaching of Writing and Literature (TWL)

Required Course  
ENGH 701 Research in English Studies 3
Writing  
Select 6 credits from the following: 6
Document Design  
Form of Poetry  
Forms of Nonfiction  
Forms of Fiction  
Studies in Rhetoric  
Cultures of Professional Writing  
Technical Communication  
Nonfiction Writing Workshop  
Poetry Writing Workshop  
Fiction Writing Workshop  
Special Topics in Writing  
Workshop in English  
Literature  
Select 6 credits from the following: 6
Graduate Literature Survey  
Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies  
Theories of Comparative Literature  
Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature  
Graduate Survey in African American Literature  
Introduction to Cinema Studies  
Topics in Folk Narrative  
Topics in Folklore Studies  
Seminar in British Literature  
Seminar in American Literature  
Seminar in Advanced Research  
Seminar in African-American Literature  
Seminar in Literary Studies  
Seminar in Global Culture  
Seminar in Film and Media Studies  
Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies  
Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English  
Literary Theory and Criticism  
Projects in Literary Studies  
Linguistics  
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Field Work in Applied Linguistics  
Introduction to Linguistics 1  
Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language  
Modern English Grammar  
Psycholinguistics  
EDCI 519
Methods of Teaching Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners  
Teaching of Writing  
Select 3 credits from the following:  
Proseminar in Composition Instruction  
Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program (offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts)  
Workshop in English (NVWP Summer Institute, open to full-time teachers on an invitation basis)  
Teaching of Literature  
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature  
Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program (offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts)  
Composition Theory  
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Composition Theory  
Studies in Rhetoric (an appropriate section)  
Elective in Literature or Writing  
Select up to 3 credits in literature or writing 3
Students who choose to complete project or thesis credits below will do so in place of this requirement.  
Optional Project or Thesis  
Select 3-6 credits of a project or thesis in place of elective 3-6
Project: 2
 
Projects in Literary Studies (3 credits)  
Thesis: 3
 
Thesis (6 credits)  
Total Credits 30-33
1

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

2

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

3

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.

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