Course Descriptions

American Literature I - ENGL 2131


A survey of American literature from the pre-colonial age to the mid-nineteenth century.

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Credit Hours



  • Free

Course Equivalency

After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Identify the genres, major writers and important schools in American literature from the pre-colonial era to the opening volleys of the Civil War.
  • Summarize, interpret, and infer hypotheses regarding selected texts.
  • Use and extend reading, writing, technological, and critical thinking skills developed in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
  • Identify the cultural factors that shaped American literature and define the common concerns of humanity as expressed through literature.
  • Unit 1: Introduction to course
  • Unit 2: Pre-Colonial America and Colonial Settlements
  • Unit 3: Toward a National Literature
  • Unit 4: The American Renaissance: Romanticism and Transcendentalism
  • Unit 5: Nineteenth Century Critical Perspectives

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Discussions/Participation – 25%
  • Unit Quizzes – 10%
  • Writing Summary – 5%
  • Focused Annotated Bibliography – 15%
  • Final Researched Essay – 20%
  • Proctored Midterm Exam – 15%
  • Final Exam– 10%