Mar 18, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

ENG 161 - Modern American Literature


Course Description: This course introduces students to representative American authors from the mid-19th century to the present day. Selections vary and may include Whitman, Dickinson, Hughes, Hemingway, O’Brien, Morrison, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and others.


ISLOs: This course supports student development of Written and Oral Communications, Critical Thinking, Multicultural and Global Perspectives, and Social Responsibility.
Prerequisite(s): Eligible of ENG 101.
General Education Elective(s): Humanities; Literature
Note(s): ENG 160 American Literature I not required.

Note: This course has been approved to meet the Core Curriculum General Education requirement.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Express literary concepts orally
  • Create written documents that employ Standard English spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization
  • Create analytical essays that develop a central point supported by textual and other evidence
  • Evaluate literary texts, including major themes and connections to their lives
  • Identify and discuss varied cultural elements in literature (setting, values, topics, themes, etc.)
  • Articulate a broadening awareness of similarities and differences among 19th, 20th & 21st century American cultures and their own, as well as regional similarities and differences among Northeast, Southern, Midwestern and Western writers
  • Read perceptively and analytically to discover themes in literature related to fairness, equality, integrity, families and communities, and social responsibilities of ordinary citizens

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