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.
Total credits: 30-33
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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.
|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 3-6 credits of electives in English||3-6|
|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.