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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

American Literature Survey: Early America to 1900 (ENG-201)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

May 2013 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: recognize and appreciate the importance of American Literary texts; perform close readings and explicate texts written in various modes; identify and analyze fundamental literary elements and devices within various texts including nonfiction, fiction, speech, and poetry; synthesize ideas in literary form and use literary terms in correct historical context; develop and carry out research-based writings formulated on literary context including locating, evaluating, organizing, and incorporating information; write clear and grammatically correct sentences; and correctly apply MLA format to all written work.


This self-study course provides students with an overview of the important writers and works of 500 years of American Literature from Early America to World War II. Class discussions focus on nonfiction essays, documents, poems, speeches, and short stories and their relevance to respective historical time periods. Students are responsible for required works and choose supplemental readings in a genre of their choice to enhance and inform their literary education. Major topics include: Literature of Early America-Colonial, Literature of the Eighteenth Century, Defining America and Americans, Early to Mid-Nineteenth Century, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Humor and Satire, and finding meaning.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in English or Literature (6/13) (8/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).