Advanced Composition - ENGH 302

As part of the Mason Core and Mason Impact, ENGH 302 prepares students to do advanced rhetorical analysis, research, and writing oriented toward investigating, engaging with, and responding to meaningful disciplinary questions in a variety of contexts within and beyond the university walls. ENGH 302 is offered in five versions: business, humanities, multidisciplinary, natural sciences, and social sciences.

ENGH 302 introduces students to potential 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. ENGH 302 students are encouraged to engage in inquiry and discovery as they work through complex writing and research-oriented tasks that prepare them to shape and reshape our world by drawing upon their growing disciplinary expertise.

ENGH 302 Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to analyze rhetorical situations–audience, purpose, and context–in order to recognize the expectations of readers and understand the main purposes of composing across multiple contexts relevant to their fields of study.
  • Students will understand the conventions of academic and non-academic genres, to include usage, specialized vocabulary, format, and attribution/citation systems.
  • Students will be able to apply critical reading strategies that are appropriate to advanced academic and non-academic texts of relevance to their fields of study.
  • Students will identify and synthesize multiple perspectives in articulating and refining a research question relevant to their fields of study.
  • Students will engage in a recursive process of inventing, investigating, shaping, drafting, revising, and editing to produce a range of academic and non-academic texts of relevance to their fields of study.

SaS Student Learning Outcomes

  • CORE: Articulate and refine a question, problem, or challenge
  • ETHICAL: Identify relevant ethical issues and follow ethical principles
  • DISCOVERY: Distinguish between personal beliefs and evidence
  • METHOD: Gather and evaluate evidence appropriate to the inquiry
  • METHOD: Appropriately analyze scholarly evidence
  • CONTEXT: Explain how knowledge is situated and shared in relevant scholarly contexts

Requirements and Prerequisites

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 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.

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: The Volgenau School of Engineering requires students enrolled in the following majors to take ENGH 302N: applied computer science and computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, systems engineering, and statistics. The school also requires students in the following majors to be enrolled in either 302N or 302M: bioengineering, cyber security engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering. Information technology majors may enroll in 302N, 302M, or 302B.

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