Writing Requirements

Infographic showing Mason Core Written Communication and Literature requirements.

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 or 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. In addition to these composition requirements, all students are required to take a writing-intensive course within their major. In accordance with the George Mason Faculty Senate expectation of all Writing Intensive courses, students are expected to produce at least 3500 words of formal graded prose; Mason WI course guidelines require that students be assigned at least one substantial project, which they have the opportunity to revise after receiving detailed feedback from the instructor.

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 tab for more information.