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American Literature to 1865 - Honors

Course NumberENG 271HW
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: READING LEVEL 4, WRITING LEVEL 4 and any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C, or permission of the Honors Office. Studies major movements and themes in American literature as they appear in the works of important authors from the Puritan period to and including the Age of Romanticism. Provides opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning. Credit may be earned in only one of: ENG 271HW, ENG 271W, LIT 271HW, or LIT 271W. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.
  1. Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
  2. Identify various literary genres.
  3. Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of literary devices such as plot, tone, characters, setting, and theme.
  5. Articulate an interpretative response to literature.

Participate in writing to learn activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  4. Articulate an interpretative response to literature and explain the premises and assumptions that underlie this interpretative response.

Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the time period and/or the author and the society in which he/she lived.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of various cultural and historical identities and how those influence the literature.

Apply intellectual curiosity in independent ways to deepen the understanding of course material.
  1. Complete at least one significant project, either individually or as a group depending on the instructor's discretion, and work with the instructor to assure that the project demonstrates intellectual curiosity and academic rigor.
  2. Actively engage with their peers in conversations, seminars, or in other formats at the instructor's discretion to enhance the depth of knowledge of the relevant material.

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