Writing and Rhetoric
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Professional Writing and Rhetoric Concentration

The MA in English concentration in professional writing and rhetoric is oriented to workplace uses of language. In addition to the training in pragmatic skills offered, the concentration is characterized by a self-reflexive attention to workplaces as institutions. Courses on research and theory in nonfiction writing complement instruction in editing, technical writing, digital publication, and other current practices to prepare students for roles as writers and editors in the private and public sectors. Instruction in research methodologies melds archival research with the most current technological advances to equip students with valuable research tools and strategies, while courses in literature, media studies, folklore, and linguistics provide insight into language and writing practices across a variety of contexts.

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Students in this concentration must complete the foreign language proficiency required of all students pursuing the MA in English and the requirements below.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 30 to 33 credits in one of the following concentrations and demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. 

Foreign Language Proficiency

Students in all concentrations must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by completing a Mason foreign language course numbered 210 or higher, or by passing a translation test administered by the department.

◊ Concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR)

Four required courses (12 credits)

ENGH 501 should be taken in the first semester of study, if possible.

ENGH 501 - Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 502 - Research Methods in Rhetoric and Professional Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 503 - Theory and Practice of Editing Credits: 3

ENGH 505 - Document Design Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) in professional writing chosen from:

ENGH 504 - Internship Credits: 1-3

ENGH 506 - Research for Narrative Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 507 - Web Authoring and Design Credits: 3

ENGH 508 - Digital Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 509 - Proposal Writing and Development Credits: 3

ENGH 609 - Online Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 611 - Studies in Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 612 - Cultures of Professional Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 613 - Technical Communication Credits: 3

ENGH 615 - Proseminar in Composition Instruction Credits: 3

ENGH 689 - Advanced Proposal Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 690 - Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 696 - Northern Virginia Writing Project Teacher/Research Seminar Credits: 3

ENGH 697 - Composition Theory Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in theory chosen from:

ENGH 551 - Introduction to Literary Theory Credits: 3

ENGH 611 - Studies in Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 675 - Feminist Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 676 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 3

One or two elective courses in English (3-6 credits)

Project or Thesis (3 or 6 credits)

3 credits of project

Students who choose a project take one additional elective course of 3 credits.

ENGH 797 - Projects in Professional Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

6 credits of thesis

ENGH 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30 credits

Total: 30-33 credits

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