Creative Writing
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Creative Writing Concentration

The creative writing concentration is designed for students who wish to devote a considerable portion of their work in English to the writing of poetry or fiction (or both). Usually students fulfill the requirements for this concentration by taking four writing courses from the list of those that always count, ideally including either ENGH 492 (Advanced Fiction Writing workshop) or ENGH 494 (Advanced Poetry Writing workshop). Note: ENGH 396: Introduction to Creative Writing (or equivalent training) is prerequisite to 397 and 398, but 396 is not applicable to the concentration.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

300-level courses in English and linguistics teach the foundational principles for a field of study, include courses of broad scope, and provide an introduction to a genre, literary period, or methodology.

400-level courses in English and linguistics provide an in-depth approach to a field of study, a single genre, literary period, or methodology. They include special topics classes and English honors classes. Some 400 level courses require ENGH 305 Dimensions of Writing and Literature as a prerequisite.

Students choose at least one and no more than two of seven concentrations.

Students should consult with an English Department advisor to learn ways in which the Mason Core requirements can also satisfy college-level requirements for the English major.

Core Courses in the Major

Required Courses

Threshold Course
ENGH 301 The Fields of English 3
Field Introduction Courses
ENGH 305 Dimensions of Writing and Literature 3
Select 3 credits from the following: 1 3
General Linguistics (Mason Core)
Folklore and Folklife
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Introduction to Film (Mason Core)
Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric
Introduction to Creative Writing (Mason Core)
Theory Course
ENGH 308 Theory and Inquiry 3
Capstone Course
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
RS: Honors Thesis Writing Seminar (Mason Core)
RS: Topics in Folklore Research (Mason Core)
RS: Topics in Literary Research (Mason Core)
RS: Topics in Film/Media History (Mason Core)
RS: Writing Ethnography (Mason Core)
RS: Writing Nonfiction for Publication (Mason Core)
Total Credits 15
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For many students this requirement will be met within the concentration. Those students will complete an additional 3 credit ENGH course above ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core).

English Department Requirements

Courses taken to fulfill this requirement may simultaneously satisfy a concentration. Special topics courses, when relevant, may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the department.

Literature before 1800
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Literature of the Middle Ages
English Poetry and Prose of the 16th Century
Shakespeare
Shakespeare: Special Topics
English Renaissance Drama
English Poetry and Prose of the 17th Century
Augustan Age: 1660-1745
Age of Sensibility: 1745-1800
Restoration and 18th Century Drama
British Novel of the 18th Century
Early American Literature
Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Chaucer
Spenser
Milton
Literature before 1915
Select 3 credits from courses listed above and the following: 3
British Poetry of the Romantic Period
Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
British Novel of the 19th Century
Literature of the American Renaissance
Development of the American Novel to 1914
Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865
African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903
Continental Fiction, 1770-1880
Continental Fiction, 1880-1950
Minority, Folkloric, or Popular Literary and Cultural Traditions
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Topics: Women and Literature
Folklore and Folklife
Popular Culture
Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865
African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903
African American Literature Through 1946
Contemporary African American Literature
Topics in Ethnic American Literature
Global Voices (Mason Core)
The Idea of a World Literature (Mason Core)
World Literatures in English
Topics in Folklore Studies
Folklore of the Spirit World
Folk Arts and Folk Artists
Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore
RS: Topics in Folklore Research (Mason Core)
Topics in Popular Literature
Science Fiction
Critical Study of Children's Literature
Total Credits 9

Electives  in the Major

Students must take 0-12 elective credits in the major as needed to meet the 36-credit requirement. 0-12
Total Credits 0-12

Concentrations in the Major

Students choose one and no more than two concentrations. Special topics courses may be used to fulfill the requirements for a concentration when so designated by department.

Available Concentrations
  • Concentration in Creative Writing (CW)
  • Concentration in Cultural Studies (CULT)
  • Concentration in Film and Media Studies (FILM)
  • Concentration in Folklore and Mythology (FOLK)
  • Concentration in Linguistics (LING)
  • Concentration in Literature (LIT)
  • Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric (WRTR)

Concentration in Creative Writing (CW)

Select four courses from the following: 12
Digital Creative Writing
Poetry Writing
Fiction Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
Advanced Workshop in Nonfiction
Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
Topics in Creative Writing
Total Credits 12

Concentration in Cultural Studies (CULT)

Select four courses from the following: 12
Theory and Inquiry
Topics: Women and Literature
Folklore and Folklife
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Popular Culture
Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865
African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903
African American Literature Through 1946
Contemporary African American Literature
Topics in Ethnic American Literature
Global Voices (Mason Core)
Introduction to Film (Mason Core)
Topics in Folklore Studies
Folklore of the Spirit World
Folk Arts and Folk Artists
Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities
Topics in Popular Literature
Critical Study of Children's Literature
Topics in Film/Media Studies
May include one course from outside the English Department chosen from:
Topics in Communication and Gender
Globalization and Culture
Psychology of Gender
Contemporary Gender Relations
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies
Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies
Total Credits 12

Concentration in Film and Media Studies (FILM)

Select four courses from the following: 12
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Popular Culture (with department approval)
Global Voices (Mason Core) (with department approval)
Introduction to Documentary (Mason Core)
Television Studies (Mason Core)
Introduction to Film (Mason Core)
Film and Video Forms
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities (with department approval)
RS: Topics in Film/Media History (Mason Core)
Topics in Film/Media Theory
Topics in Film/Media Studies
May include one course from outside the English Department chosen from:
AVT 377
Cyberpunk
Small Group Communication
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media
Visual Communication
Media Criticism
Topics in Communication and Gender
FAVS 225
The History of World Cinema (Mason Core)
FAVS 300
Global Horror Film (Mason Core)
FAVS 352
Ethics of Film and Video (Mason Core)
French and Francophone Cinema
Topics in World Cinema (Mason Core)
Japanese Cinema
MUSI 301
Music in Motion Pictures (Mason Core)
Topics in (Post) Soviet Film
Total Credits 12

Concentration in Folklore and Mythology (FOLK)

Select 6 credits in folklore and mythology from the following: 6
Folklore and Folklife
Topics in Myth and Literature
Topics in Folklore Studies
Folklore of the Spirit World
Folk Arts and Folk Artists
Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore
RS: Topics in Folklore Research (Mason Core)
Internship
RS: Writing Ethnography (Mason Core)
Topics in Folklore Studies
May include one course from outside the English Department chosen from:
Qualitative Methods: Nonstatistical Approaches in Culture and Social Research
CLAS 340
Greek and Roman Epic (Mason Core)
Select up to 6 credits related to folklore and mythology from the following: 6
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Literature of the Middle Ages
Shakespeare
Shakespeare: Special Topics
British and Irish Drama after 1900
Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865
African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903
African American Literature Through 1946
Contemporary African American Literature
Global Voices (Mason Core)
Chaucer
Spenser
Milton
May include one course from outside the English Department chosen from:
Native North Americans
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (Mason Core)
Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia (Mason Core)
Ancient Mesoamerica (Mason Core)
Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (Mason Core)
Myth, Magic, and Mind (Mason Core)
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (Mason Core)
Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core)
Greek Art and Archaeology (Mason Core)
Roman Art and Archaeology (Mason Core)
Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1300-1500 (Mason Core)
High Renaissance Art in Italy, 1480-1570 (Mason Core)
Northern Baroque Art, 1600-1750 (Mason Core)
Arts of India (Mason Core)
Arts of Southeast Asia (Mason Core)
Arts of China (Mason Core)
Arts of Japan (Mason Core)
Total Credits 12

Concentration in Linguistics (LING)

LING 306 General Linguistics (Mason Core) 3
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
English Grammar
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
First Language Acquisition
Semantics and Pragmatics
Syntax I
Generative Phonology
Independent Study
Field Work in Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language
English Phonetics
Psycholinguistics
Second Language Acquisition
Total Credits 12

Concentration in Literature (LIT)

When relevant, ENGH 400 Honors Seminar, ENGH 401 RS: Honors Thesis Writing Seminar (Mason Core), and ENGH 402 Honors Independent Study may be applied to this concentration.

Select four courses from the following: 12
Topics: Literary Surveys
Topics in Literature
Topics: Women and Literature
Literature of the Middle Ages
English Poetry and Prose of the 16th Century
Shakespeare
Shakespeare: Special Topics
English Renaissance Drama
English Poetry and Prose of the 17th Century
Augustan Age: 1660-1745
Age of Sensibility: 1745-1800
Restoration and 18th Century Drama
British Novel of the 18th Century
British Poetry of the Romantic Period
Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
British Novel of the 19th Century
British Poetry after 1900
British Novel after 1900
British and Irish Drama after 1900
Early American Literature
Literature of the American Renaissance
Development of the American Novel to 1914
Development of the American Novel since 1914
American Drama of the 20th Century
American Poetry of the 20th Century
Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865
African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903
African American Literature Through 1946
Contemporary African American Literature
Topics in Ethnic American Literature
Recent American Fiction
Recent American Poetry
Continental Fiction, 1770-1880
Continental Fiction, 1880-1950
Global Voices (Mason Core) (when topic is relevant, with departmental approval)
The Idea of a World Literature (Mason Core)
World Literatures in English
Modern Drama
Topics in Criticism (when topic is relevant, with departmental approval)
Literary Modes
Topics in Popular Literature
Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Chaucer
Spenser
Milton
Topics: British Literary Periods
Topics: British Authors
Topics: American Authors
Topics: American Literary Periods
Science Fiction
Critical Study of Children's Literature
Topics in Fiction
Topics in Poetry
Topics in Drama
Topics in Literary Nonfiction
RS: Topics in Literary Research (Mason Core)
Total Credits 12

Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric (WRTR)

Select four courses from the following: 12
Web Authoring and Design
Rhetoric and New Media
Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric
Writing Nonfiction Genres
Editing for Audience, Style, and Voice
Professional and Technical Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Internship
Technical Editing
RS: Writing Ethnography (Mason Core)
Document Design
RS: Writing Nonfiction for Publication (Mason Core)
Topics in Writing and Rhetoric
Proposal Writing and Development
Total Credits 12

Writing Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in English fulfill this requirement by successfully completing:

ENGH 305 Dimensions of Writing and Literature 3
Total Credits 3

Upper Level Courses

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must apply at least 45 credits of upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) toward graduation requirements.

College Level Requirements for the BA Degree

In addition to the Mason Core program, students pursuing a BA degree must complete the coursework below. Except where expressly prohibited, a course used to fulfill a college level requirement may also be used simultaneously to satisfy other requirements (Mason Core requirements or requirements for the major).

Philosophy or Religious Studies
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
PHIL 1
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Note that the following courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement:

  • PHIL 323 Classical Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 324 Modern Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 327 Contemporary Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 393 Humanities College to Career 
  • PHIL 460 Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics


Additionally, PHIL 253 Philosophy and Literature (Mason Core) and RELI 235 Religion and Literature (Mason Core) cannot be used to fulfill both the philosophy/religious studies requirement and the Mason Core literature requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select 3 credits of social and behavioral sciences from the following (additional to the Mason Core social and behavioral sciences requirement) 1 3
ANTH
CRIM
ECON
GOVT
HIST 2
LING
PSYC
SOCI
Or choose from the following GGS courses:
Major World Regions (Mason Core)
Human Geography (Mason Core)
Introduction to Geoinformation Technologies
Political Geography
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)
Population Geography (Mason Core)
Economic Geography
Urban Geography
Geography of the United States
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Europe
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
Geography of the Soviet Succession States
Structures in Urban Governance and Planning
Geography of Virginia
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The two courses used to fulfill the combined college and Mason Core requirements must be from different disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. 

2

HIST 100 History of Western Civilization (Mason Core) and HIST 125 Introduction to World History (Mason Core) may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Foreign Language
Intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language, fulfilled by: 1
Or achieving a satisfactory score on an approved proficiency test
Or completing the following ASL three course sequence:
American Sign Language (ASL) I
American Sign Language (ASL) II
American Sign Language (ASL) III
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Students who are already proficient in a second language may be eligible for a waiver of this requirement. Additional information on waivers can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Non-Western Culture

Select 3 credits of an approved course in the study of a non-Western culture (additional to the Mason Core requirement in global understanding)

Select 3 credits (additional to Mason Core Global Understanding requirement) 1
ANTH 114 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 300 Civilizations 3
ANTH 301 Native North Americans 3
ANTH 302 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 303 Peoples and Cultures of the Andes 3
ANTH 306 Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 307 Ancient Mesoamerica (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 308 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 309 Peoples and Cultures of India (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 313 Myth, Magic, and Mind (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 314 Zombies 3
ANTH 316 Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 323 Digging and Dealing in the Dead: Ethics in Archaeology 3
ANTH 330 Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western 3
ANTH 332 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 381 Medical Anthropology 3
ANTH 383 Cities of the Global South 3
ANTH 396 Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences (Mason Core) 3
ARAB 360 Topics in Arabic Cultural Production 3
ARAB 420 Survey of Arabic Literature 3
ARAB 440 Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 203 Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 204 Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 206 Survey of African Art (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 318 Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt 3
ARTH 319 Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 320 Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 382 Arts of India (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 383 Arts of Southeast Asia (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 384 Arts of China (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 385 Arts of Japan (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 386 The Silk Road (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 482 RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art 3
CHIN 318 Introduction to Classical Chinese (Mason Core) 3
CHIN 320 Contemporary Chinese Film 3
CHIN 325 Major Chinese Writers (Mason Core) 3
DANC 118 World Dance (Mason Core) 3
ECON 361 Economic Development of Latin America (Mason Core) 3
ECON 362 African Economic Development (Mason Core) 3
FREN 451 Topics in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature and Culture 3
FREN 454 Topics in Caribbean Francophone Literature and Culture 3
GGS 101 Major World Regions (Mason Core) 3
GGS 316 Geography of Latin America 3
GGS 325 Geography of North Africa and the Middle East 3
GGS 330 Geography of the Soviet Succession States 3
GGS 399 Select Topics in GGS 3
GOVT 328 Non-Western Political Theory 3
GOVT 332 Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa 3
GOVT 333 Government and Politics of Asia 3
GOVT 340 Central Asian Politics 3
GOVT 341 Chinese Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 345 Islam and Politics 3
GOVT 432 Political Change and Social Development in Sub-Saharan Africa 3
GOVT 433 Political Economy of East Asia 3
HIST 251 Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 252 Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 261 Survey of African History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 262 Survey of African History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 271 Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 272 Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 281 Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core) 3
HIST 282 Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core) 3
HIST 326 Stalinism 3
HIST 327 The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II 3
HIST 328 Rise of Russia (Mason Core) 3
HIST 329 Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core) 3
HIST 353 History of Traditional China 3
HIST 354 Modern China 3
HIST 356 Modern Japan (Mason Core) 3
HIST 357 Postwar Japan (Mason Core) 3
HIST 358 Post-1949 China (Mason Core) 3
HIST 360 History of South Africa (Mason Core) 3
HIST 364 Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core) 3
HIST 365 Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core) 3
HIST 366 Comparative Slavery 3
HIST 367 History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America 3
HIST 387 Topics in Global History (Mason Core) 3-6
HIST 426 The Russian Revolution 3
HIST 460 Modern Iran (Mason Core) 3
HIST 461 Arab-Israeli Conflict 3
HIST 462 Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core) 3
HIST 465 The Middle East in the 20th Century 3
JAPA 310 Japanese Culture in a Global World (Mason Core) 3
JAPA 340 Topics in Japanese Literature (Mason Core) 3
KORE 320 Korean Popular Culture in a Global World 3
MUSI 103 Musics of the World (Mason Core) 3
RELI 211 Religions of the West (Mason Core) 3
RELI 212 Religions of Asia (Mason Core) 3
RELI 240 Death and the Afterlife in World Religions 3
RELI 272 Islam 3
RELI 313 Hinduism (Mason Core) 3
RELI 314 Chinese Philosophies and Religious Traditions 3
RELI 315 Buddhism (Mason Core) 3
RELI 337 Mysticism: East and West 3
RELI 365 Muhammad: Life and Legacy 3
RELI 374 Islamic Thought (Mason Core) 3
RELI 375 Qur'an and Hadith 3
RELI 379 Islamic Law, Society, and Ethics 3
RELI 387 Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights 3
RELI 490 Comparative Study of Religions (Mason Core) 3
RUSS 353 Russian Civilization (Mason Core) 3
RUSS 354 Contemporary Post-Soviet Life (Mason Core) 3
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A course used to fulfill the Mason Core global understanding requirement may not be simultaneously used to satisfy this college-level requirement. A course used to fulfill this requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill any other requirements (Mason Core requirements, college-level requirements, or requirements for the major). Additional information on waivers can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication 6
Oral Communication 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Information Technology 3-7
Core Requirements
Arts 3
Global Understanding 3
Literature 3
Natural Science 7
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Western Civilization/World History 3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone 3
Total Credits 40
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minimum 3 credits

Additional Elective Courses

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.
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