American Literature II – ENGL 202

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/17/2022

Course Description

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

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Over the course of the class, the student will participate in 3 Discussions requiring a thread of 300 words in length and a response to another student of 125 words in length. 

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

Thesis and Outline Assignments (2)

In preparation for each paper, the student will submit a thesis and an outline based on the provided guidelines. The thesis 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)

Essays (2)

These essays will follow the posted guidelines 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)

Quizzes (4)

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

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