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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Contemporary American Literature (ENG-103)


Varies; self-study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

February 2014 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: discuss the literary canon, including issues of history, culture, race, ethnicity and gender; critically read and explicate texts written in a variety of modes; identify and analyze fundamental literary elements and devices within a text; identify and characterize the important features of nonfiction, fiction, speech and poetry; synthesize ideas in literary form and use literary terms in historical context; develop and carry out research-based writings based on literary context including locating, evaluating, organizing and incorporating information; write clear, grammatically and syntactically correct sentences; and correctly apply MLA format to all written work.


This course provides students with an overview of the important writers and works of 500 years of American literature from the post - World War II era through the present. Nonfiction essays, documents, poems, speeches and short stories relevant to their historical times are introduced and discussed in addition to works of fiction. Students also choose additional pieces of literature in a sub-genre of their choice to read and discuss. Evaluation criteria include: assignments; class participation; and a final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in English or as a General Education elective (3/18) (5/23 revalidation).