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ENG 237 Survey of Afro-American Literature

ENG 237 – Survey of African American Literature

Course Outline

Course Number & Name: ENG 237 Survey of African American Literature

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or better in ENG 102

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course offers a complete survey of American literature from the perspective of African American writers beginning with the literature of slavery and freedom dating from the 1700s, including the Vernacular Tradition, through the protest writings of modern times, presented with an emphasis on the literature’s historical development.

General Education Goals: ENG 237 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Categories: Humanistic Perspective and Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity.  The corresponding General Education Goals are respectively as follows: Students will analyze works in the field of art, music, or theater; literature; and philosophy and/or religious studies; and will gain competence in the use of a foreign language; and Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.  ENG 237 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goal: Information Literacy, which is as follows: Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. discuss fundamental concepts utilized in the study of African American literature; and
  2. apply critical and analytical analysis techniques to literary works.