Community Engaged Composition Courses

Community-engaged composition courses fulfill all student learning outcomes of GMU's composition courses while also requiring students to work with a community organization partner for 15-20 hours per semester. Students will use this work to forward their understanding of the community and to become better writers as they critically interact with community issues. 


Spring 2020 CE Sections:

ENGH 101-059: Ariel Goldenthal, MW 9:00-10:15

ENGH 101-072: Ariel Goldenthal, MW 10:30-11:45

ENGH 101-059 and 101-072 are community-engaged writing courses in partnership with 826DC, a program focused on helping to foster creative and expository writing skills in K-12 students in Washington, D.C. Students in the course will have the opportunity to tutor in 826 DC’s after school writing lab, work with classes as they write and publish stories and essays, and translate written materials from English to other languages. Throughout the course, you will tackle the complex concept of literacy as you apply it to your own experiences and learn about the literacy experiences of other communities. Your work with 826DC, and the inquiry-driven research that you complete in the course, will ask you to interrogate your own ideas about language and literacy.

Because this course includes volunteering with the D.C. public school system, students will be required to complete a brief background check in order to participate. If this is a barrier for you, please know that there will be opportunities for students who cannot complete it.