All Mason undergraduate students are required to successfully complete two composition courses (with a grade of C or better):
- a first-year composition course (ENGH 100/ENGH 101)
- an advanced composition course within their particular field of study (ENGH 302 for Business, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, or Technology & Engineering)
In addition to these composition requirements, all students are required to take a writing-intensive course within their major. See the Writing Across the Curriculum site for more information.
There are several ways to waive the required composition courses. Students may apply for a waiver for ENGH 101 through a three-hour proficiency examination offered at various times throughout the semester. Students with appropriate AP or IB scores, or equivalent transfer credits, may also be eligible for a waiver for ENGH 101. Students can apply for a waiver for ENGH 302 by presenting a portfolio of their academic writing through a specific procedure. See Waivers.