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American Literature I

A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement through the Civil War. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.


ENGL 1301 or its equivalent with a "C" or better and ENGL 1302 or its equivalent with a "C" or better.

Pedagogical Approach

This course fulfills the Language, Philosophy, and Culture foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions.

2.  Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions.

4.  Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.

5.  Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature.


75 points: Attendance and Participation

(one free absence, additional = 25 point deduction)            

100 points: Quizzes   

(10 quizzes, 10 points each; I drop the lowest quiz grade.)            

75 points: Writing Assignments

(3 assignments, 25 points each)            

100 points: Essay 1            

100 points: Essay 2            

100 points: Midterm Exam            

100 points: Final Exam            

TOTAL = 650 points

650-585 points = A; 584-520 points = B; 519-455 points = C; 454-390 points = D; 389-0 points = F

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