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LIT 201 American Literature I
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2014
AGEC: Cultural (Ethnic/Race/Gender) Awareness   Humanities   Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F Only
Cross-Listed: None

Description: Students will be introduced to and analyze the chief literary works produced in America from the colonial period through the Civil War.

Prerequisites: RDG094

Corequisites: ENG102

Recommendations: NA

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Knowledge Level) Accurately identify the defining features of the major literary movements, genres and authors of this time period.
2. (Analysis Level) Analyze and interpret, using correct literary terminology, the structural and aesthetic features of works from this time period.
3. (Comprehension Level) Identify the impact of key social, economic, political and psychological dynamics on the literature of this time period.
4. (Analysis Level) Explain how gender, race and ethnicity helped shape various perspectives of both the American experience and its relationship to the world at large.
5. (Analysis Level) Analyze how a pluralistic culture (European, Native American, African-American, etc.) impacted individual works of American literature.
6. (Evaluation Level) Assess the impact of pluralism on the early American literary canon.
7. (Analysis Level) Compare and contrast literary works both within and across genres, authors and literary movements.
8. (Synthesis Level) Compose thesis driven written discourse that demonstrates the effective gathering, interpretation and evaluation of textual evidence and research.
9. (Application Level) Compose at least 5,000 words of written discourse that exhibits competency in composing and revising skills, the conventions of standard English, and the ability to follow an assigned documentation or style guide.
10. (Analysis Level) Compare themes or features of literary works to other American art-forms.
11. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate a literary work's relevance to one's contemporary life.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation