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Course Descriptions

ENG 203 - American Literature to 1865

3 Credits

A survey of American literature from the celebration of the new land in the Colonial Period to the Civil War. Readings and discussion focus on writers such as Franklin, Hawthorne, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson.

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

SUNY General Education: SUNY-H - Humanities (SHUM)

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze American literature written from colonial times through 1865.
2. Describe the relationship between various movements (such as Puritanism, the Age of Reason, and/or Romanticism) and the literature of the period.
3. Interpret literature as it relates to its historical, cultural, and/or political context.
4. Interpret literary works using critical perspectives.
5. Write a thesis-driven essay using primary and secondary sources
6. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall

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Spring Semester 2023