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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Consortium for International Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

American Literature Survey: Early America until 1900 ENG 203


Varies; self-study.

Various; distance learning format.

July 2022 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the historical and literary context of American literature; define literary canon and describe its relevance (and controversies) today; identify literary devices used in literary texts of merit; analyze the significance of literary devices; identify key authors and texts during various periods of American literature before 1900; compare and contrast key literary movements in American literature before 1900; read and explain several literary works, including novels, plays, poetry, and short stories, and describe their significance to American literature; and describe how specific literary works represent literary movements, incorporate literary devices, and explore critical themes of its era.


Major topics taught in this course include the historical and literary context of American literature, identification literary devices in texts, key authors and major literary periods of American Literature before 1900, comparison and contrast of different American literary movements and their depiction through literary texts, including exploration of the critical themes of the era.  

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in English or American Studies (7/22).