Composition - ENGH 101

As part of the Mason Core, the English 100/101 curriculum works to create engaged citizens who understand that writing is a social, rhetorical act and can effectively analyze and respond to the writing situations they encounter within and beyond the university walls.   

These courses help student writerswho may be developing their confidence, critical thinking, flexibility, control of language, and sense of ownershiplearn to analyze, research, and produce texts of varying genres that engage a range of audiences.

1: Students are able to analyze and respond to a range of rhetorical situations with increased awareness of the purposes, audiences, and contexts of writing. They are able to identify appropriate rhetorical strategies and apply them in their own writing.

2: Students develop strategies for anticipating and using audience response as they engage in and reflect upon a recursive writing process that includes exploration, inquiry, and invention, as well as drafting, organizing, revising, peer-reviewing, and editing.

3: Students gain emerging college-level proficiency in critically reading and writing nonfiction genres to develop analysis, reflection, exposition, argumentation, and research skills.  

4: Students are able to use research strategies for topic exploration and refining research questions; locate, select, evaluate, synthesize, and document sources; and incorporate outside facts, perspectives, and ideas in their writing to complicate and extend their own ideas. They are able to employ appropriate technologies and resources to support their reading, thinking, researching, and writing.

5: Students develop knowledge of linguistic structures and writing conventions through critical reading and practice (writing and revision). They understand why writing conventions vary based on genre and audience and apply this knowledge by composing different types of texts.

Updated April 2019

Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Students in ENGH 101 will spend at least one designated class per week using technology to actively learn or practice crucial writing skills (e.g. practicing research, source evaluation, drafting or revision strategies). To facilitate this work, students will need a laptop or a tablet with a keyboard and word processing software in class. The composition program has a laptop check-out program for students who cannot bring their own devices.
  • Students in ENGH 101 will produce at least 3500 words of formal graded prose and should expect to also engage in informal and/or reflective assignments, early drafts, and/or task-specific writing assignments (e.g. summaries or reading analyses). To help student engage in the writing process, students will have the opportunity to revise at least one major project after receiving detailed feedback from the instructor. Students will also be engaged in their writing and research process and regularly receive feedback and instruction throughout.

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