Survey of American Literature II

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

001, 002, 501, 700


Course Description:
This course is a survey of American literature and literary philosophies from the Civil War to the present. AML 2020 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:

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:

The instructor will:

  • Lecture and lead class discussions.
  • Use other teaching strategies, including separating students into cooperative groups to examine the material in a student-led context.
  • Assign readings from textbook to supplement lectures.
  • Design further assignments (quizzes, reader responses, etc.) to help students engage with the course material.
  • Provide study guides and other study material.
  • Provide timely feedback on assignments.
  • Hold weekly office hours to address further questions and student needs outside of class time.


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