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ENGL 2132

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   American Literature II   
Prerequisite(s)   ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102H with a "C" or better   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
A survey of American literature from the mid nineteenth century to the present
Expected Educational Results   
Students should
A.     become familiar with the continued development of American literature from the late nineteenth century through the twentieth century.
B.     recognize the American literary tradition as a distinctly vibrant and vital cultural force.

C.     learn about the various genres that have evolved in American literature, particularly the short story and the novel as distinctive American forms of literature.

C.     acquire background knowledge regarding the contributions of Native-American, African-American and other culturally diverse groups of writers to the national life and culture.

D.     analyze a literary aspect of one or more works of literature in a written research project of six to eight pages. This project can take the form of a single essay or a combination of several shorter essays, substituting an annotated bibliography, interpretative paper on a primary source, or a creative research project for one of the essays. Research assignments must include a minimum of five sources.

E.     learn a literary vocabulary sufficient to enhance the enjoyment of literature.

General Education Outcomes   
None Specified
Course Content   
English 2132, the second half of the American literature survey course, covers the American literary tradition from the late nineteenth century to the present. The instructor may use a literary-historical, thematic, or genre approach to introduce students to the contributions of culturally diverse groups that have shaped American literature during this period. Students will examine the impact of religious, philosophical, and political ideas as well as social and historical influences on the emergence of a national literature.
Suggested chronology for covering course content:
1865 - 1910        4 weeks
1910 - 1945        5 weeks

1945 - present     6 weeks

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
Tests and a final examination prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine the course grade. Each test and the final will require but not be limited to essay responses to questions designed for the demonstration of skills in analysis and synthesis.
A critical analysis paper(s) or creative project, following the specifications stated in part D of Educational Results, of one or more aspects of a representative work or works of literature will be required of each student to develop skills in research, analysis, and synthesis.
The course grade will be computed as follows:

Tests and classroom performance 1/2
Writing Assignments 1/4

Final Examination 1/4

This course will be assessed one semester out of every three years. During the assessment period, each student in every section of English 2132 will be required to complete a Personal Response Assessment questionnaire just prior to or at the time of the final examination for purposes of assessing affective learning. In addition, during assessment semester each student in every English 2132 class will be required to write at least one, in-class, literary-analysis essay to be duplicated for purposes of assessment of cognitive learning. During the assessment term, the Personal Response Assessment Questionnaires and duplicate copies of essays will be collected by an assessment committee to be appointed by the Humanities Division Chair.
A committee composed of instructors familiar with the course but not involved in teaching the course during the term in which assessment is conducted will be appointed by the Humanities Division Chair to collect Personal Response Assessments and essays from each class. The committee will evaluate the results, determine implications for recommendations to the Division Chair for follow-up and implementation of any changes.

Date: April 2002

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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