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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