Survey of American Literature I

Course Code:
AML 2010

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course is a survey of American literature and literary philosophies from the Colonial Period through the Civil War. AML 2010 fulfills 6,000 words of the Gordon Rule writing requirement.


Course Details


Grades of ā€œCā€ or higher in ENC 1101-1102



Amie Myers

Rachael Beers


Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.



Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

The purpose of the humanities in the core curriculum is to understand the human condition through the study of the following: art history, literature, music history, music theory, performing arts, philosophy, and visual arts.

H-1 Compare works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film and/or music) in various cultures or literary movements

H-2 Analyze artistic expressions (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film and/or music)

H-3 Communicate informed responses to works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film and/or music)

H-4 Explain thematic connections among works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film and/or music


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify and examine general plots, themes, conflicts, and unique characteristics of selected American literary masterpieces. 

Understand general historical events occurring during the time in which the authors wrote.

Perform critical and analytical writing.

Identify and evaluate human values embodied in literature.

H-1,2,3; C-5

H-2; C-5

H-3,4; C-1, 2, 3, 4, 5; T-2,3

H-2,4,5; C-5; SS-6

Tests, Final Exams, Writing Assignments, Documented Essays, Homework


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all the assignments in the text as listed on the syllabus.
  • Read outside material, as assigned for class discussion and/or writing assignments.
  • Write 5 essays, using correct MLA documentation.
  • Write 2 exams, mid-term and non-cumulative final.
  • Participate in class discussions.
  • Maintain a reader response journal.


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