American Literature II – ENGL 202

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A survey of American literature following the American Renaissance. Two critical papers are required.


ENGL 101 and (ENGL 102 or MUSC 200)


The study of literature helps to fulfill the university aims of fostering competencies in writing, speaking, reading, and appreciation of the arts; contributing to a knowledge and understanding of other cultures and time periods; and integrating theoretical and applied knowledge within the context of a Christian worldview.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

1. Characterize each period of American Literature from post-renaissance until the present.
2. Examine the works from each period as literary products of their age.
3. Analyze works from a diversity of authors, genres, cultures, and historical periods.
4. Produce perceptive analytical essays, accurately and effectively integrating and documenting the primary text(s) (and secondary sources, if any).
5. Discuss the unique literary style(s) of authors and draw comparisons among the various authors/texts studied.
6. Evaluate the varied provenance of American literature from a biblical worldview, particularly its religious, sociopolitical, economic, cultural, and literary derivations.

General Education Foundational Skills Learning Outcomes (FSLO)

CT 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
CT 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.
CT 3: Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values.
CT 4: Plan evidence-based courses of action to resolve problems.
CT 5: Relate critical thinking and ethics to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

(MLOs: 1, 2, 3 4; FSLOs: CT 1, 3)

Course Requirements Checklist

As the first activity in this course, please read the syllabus and Student Expectations. After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Over the course of the class, the student will participate in 3 Discussion Board Forums requiring a thread of 300 words in length and a response to another student of 125 words in length. The posts are due on the Thursday of the assigned week; the replies to a classmate’s post are due by the following Monday, the last day of the assigned week.

(MLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; FSLOs: CT 1, 2, 3, 5; CIL 1, 2, 3)

Thesis and Outline (2)

In preparation for each paper, the student will submit a thesis statement and an outline based on the provided guidelines. The thesis statement and outline will be due the week before the final paper due dates.  

(MLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; FSLOs: CT 1, 2, 3, 5; CIL 1, 2, 3)

Analytical Papers (2)

These analytical papers (#1, minimum of 750 words; #2, minimum of 1250 words with at least three outside sources) will follow the guidelines posted on Blackboard and must be submitted in proper, current format (MLA, APA, or Turabian depending on the student’s program of study).

(MLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; FSLOs: CT 1, 2, 3, 5; CIL 1, 2, 3)

Tests (4)

The student will take 4 open-book/open-notes tests on the assigned readings and class lectures. Each test consists of 30 multiple-choice and reading comprehension questions. The student will have 60 minutes to complete each of these tests, with a one-point deduction for each minute the student exceeds the time limit. The student may only take these tests once.

(MLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5; FSLOs: CT 1, 3)