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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

ENG 215 - Early American Literature: Colonial to 1865

3 credit hours - Three hours weekly; one term.
This course meets the Arts & Humanities General Education Requirement. 

Survey the literature of the United States from its colonial beginnings to the Civil War. Study major influences - literary, historical and social - reflected in the writing of this period.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 /ENG 101A  or permission of the department chair. 

Crosslisted: Also offered as ENG 215H ; credit is not given for both ENG 215 and ENG 215H .

Note: Typically offered at MC and OL; fall, spring, and summer terms.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate selected works of American literature from its beginnings through the Civil War;
  2. Trace and compare the racial, ethnic, gender, and class differences which constitute the American experience and which are reflected in its literature;
  3. Explain the relationship of the literature to its intellectual, social, and cultural backgrounds;
  4. Identify and trace changes in literary forms, themes, and conventions during the period;
  5. Write analytically about a variety of texts;
  6. Practice close textual analysis that demonstrates development of critical thinking skills.