Writing and Rhetoric
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Courses

 

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300-Level Courses

ENGH 375: Web Authoring and Design (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Provides a rhetorical foundation for web authoring and design in professional settings. Students will learn basic principles of writing for the web, information architecture, coding for accessibility, and usability testing. The production-oriented component of the course provides instruction in writing valid code and practice with web- and graphic-editing software tools. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 376: Rhetoric and New Media (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Critical reading of new media texts and creation of technology-enriched texts in variety of rhetorical genres. Instructs students in rhetoric of new media, whether produced as hypertext, multimedia, or interactive digital productions. Technology-enriched activities present complex textuality of words, images, word-as-image, and kinetic text. Equivalent to NCLC 343.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 377: Digital Creative Writing (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Combined workshop and studio course in technological and aesthetic issues of reading and writing hypermedia texts with emphasis on poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, mixed genre, drama, or performance. Explores how genre meets hypertext and hypermedia in original creative work. Includes techniques in authoring interactive hypermedia projects using digital media tools. Notes: May include reading assignments in hypertext and hypermedia theory. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 396/ENGH 396 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 380: Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Introduces students to the field of writing studies, with a focus on definitions of writing and rhetoric and research methods applied to the study of writing from the perspective of multiple disciplines. Provides an overview of both historical and contemporary approaches to studying writing as object, process, practice, and occupation. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Discovery of Scholarship
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 is recommended.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 382: Writing Nonfiction Genres (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Advanced practice in analyzing and writing nonfiction forms such as essay, profile, article, and technical or scientific report, depending on student's interests. Notes: Not to be taken concurrently with ENGH 399 or 486, and not to be taken by students who have taken ENGH 486. Not a remedial course. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Introduces editing as a textual and rhetorical practice. Addresses copyediting, stylistics, and design; revisions based on audience, purpose, and genre; multimedia editing; interactions between editors and authors. (Not a remedial course in fixing sentence errors.) May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 388: Professional and Technical Writing (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Intensive study and practice in various forms of professional and technical writing, including proposals, reports, instructions, news releases, white papers, and correspondence. Emphasizes writing for variety of audiences, both lay and informed, and writing within various professional and organizational contexts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 399: Creative Nonfiction Writing (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Workshop in reading and writing of nonfiction that makes use of literary techniques normally thought of in context of fiction, such as evoking senses and use of dialog. Original student work read and discussed in class and conferences with instructor. Includes technical exercises in artful creating of nonfiction; may include reading assignments. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 309/ENGH 382 or ENGL 396/ENGH 396, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

400-Level Courses

ENGH 459: Internship (1-3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Under supervision of a faculty director, students report and reflect on their work as interns at organizations of their choosing, usually in writing and/or editing positions. For 3 credits, students work on site at least 135 hours as specified in the agreement developed with the internship supervisor and approved by the faculty director. Notes: Contact the English Department one semester prior to enrollment. No more than 3 credits can be counted in concentration or English minor. May be repeated with permission of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Permission of internship director. 60 credits. English majors need 18 credits of English (3 credits of 100-level English course; 3-6 credits of 200-level English courses; 3 credits of ENGL302/ENGH 302 and 6-9 credits of upper-level English courses). Non-English majors must meet the same requirements, except that they replace one upper-level English course with an upper-level course in their major.
Schedule Type: Internship

ENGH 486: RS: Writing Nonfiction for Publication (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Workshop course. Intensive practice in advanced nonfiction writing; emphasizes writing for publication. Occasional special topics sections in such forms as autobiography and scientific writing. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 309/ENGH 382 or ENGL 399/ENGH 399 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 488: Topics in Writing and Rhetoric (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Advanced studies in rhetoric and writing. Introduces key rhetorical terminology and examines how texts construct meaning and how those meanings are determined within social contexts. Topics may include the relationship between rhetorics and poetics, rhetoric and new media, histories of rhetoric, global rhetorics, argument theory, discourse analysis, theories of technical communication, or advanced theories of composition and pedagogy. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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