College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Advanced Composition - ENGH 302

 ENGH 302 builds on the general college-level writing skills and strategies students have acquired in earlier courses, and it prepares them to do advanced level analysis, research, and writing oriented toward acquiring knowledge about current debates in their major field or discipline. ENGH 302 is offered in five versions:

  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Natural Sciences/Technology
  • Social Sciences

The course is also offered completely online and in hybrid format. These different formats are designed to serve the needs of a wide variety of Mason students.

Students are advised to complete the ENGH 302 version that is most relevant to their major field or postgraduate professional plans. All students are welcome to take 302-Multidisciplinary. Students with multiple or cross-disciplinary majors are particularly encouraged to take this version. Students should take ENGH 302 by the end of their junior year, so that they may incorporate their new knowledge into senior-level research and writing projects in their major field and in writing intensive courses..

The course is designed to prepare students to participate in undergraduate research opportunities as part of the Students as Scholars (SaS) initiative.. SaS provides funding for undergraduate research projects in a variety of multi-disciplinary endeavors; Students are encouraged to develop strategies that help them narrow research questions and move from questions to research-based written products. ENGH 302 students are encouraged to engage in inquiry and discovery as they work through complex writing and research-oriented tasks that prepare them for more challenging methods-based research opportunities. For more information regarding undergraduate research funding opportunities, please visit...USRP link here.

Students enrolled in ENGH 302 are encouraged to work with librarians as they work on developing database search strategies, research strategies, and citation and source integration skills. Instructors are encouraged to work closely with librarians to enhance classroom instruction and encourage student exposure to multiple research opportunities.

ENGH 302 Learning Outcomes:

  • use writing as a tool for exploration and reflection in addressing advanced problems, as well as for exposition and persuasion
  • employ strategies for writing as a recursive process of inventing, investigating, shaping, drafting, revising, and editing to meet a range of advanced academic and professional expectations
  • identify, evaluate, and use research sources
  • employ a range of appropriate technologies to support researching, reading, writing, and thinking
  • apply critical reading strategies that are appropriate to advanced reading in your academic discipline and in possible future workplaces
  • recognize how knowledge is constructed in your academic discipline and possible future workplaces
  • analyze rhetorical situations – audience, purpose, and context – of texts produced in your academic disciplines and possible future workplaces
  • produce writing – including argument proposals – that is appropriate for a range of rhetorical situations within your academic disciplines and possible future workplaces

Requirements and Prerequisites:

All students who register for ENGH 302, regardless of discipline, must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours
  • Credit or waiver for ENGH 100 or ENGH 101
  • Completion of at least 3 credits of literature

Note: Electrical engineering and computer science students must enroll in 302N to receive credit for the course.

Resources for Students:

Catalog Course Description and Current Schedule

Waivers for the Composition Program

The Writing Center

Writing Across the Curriculum

GMU Library

Students as Scholars

Office of Academic integrity





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