First-Year Composition Overview

At Mason, students taking their first-year composition course have the opportunity to find a class that fits their needs and interests. The program offers three types of first-year writing courses.

In English 100, a 4-hour credit course, multilingual students have the opportunity to enhance their English language proficiency while developing reading, writing, and research strategies for a range of rhetorical contexts.

ENGH 101 introduces students to the recursive, iterative nature of writing by developing reading, writing, and research strategies for a range of audiences, genres, and purposes. 

Community-engaged composition courses fulfill all student learning outcomes of GMU's first-year composition courses while also requiring students to work with a community organization partner for 15-20 hours per semester. This course helps students connect with their local communities through literacy and writing practices.

All course offerings share the same learning outcomes and fulfill the basic writing requirement for the Mason Core.

The courses are offered in a variety of learning modalities, including face-to-face, hybrid, hybrid online, and both synchronous and asynchronous online. For a description of course modalities and to see how each type of modality appears on PatriotWeb, please visit our course modalities page.

In addition to these course offerings, the composition program partners with INTO Mason to offer writing instruction to our undergraduate and graduate international students participating in the Pathways program. The ENGH 121/122 courses offer a two-semester approach for undergraduate international students working on developing and refining academic writing skills based on current composition and rhetoric and linguistics scholarship.