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English 102: American Literature


25 hours (16 weeks).

Various; distance learning format.

February 2012 - April 2022. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and analyze the use of literary techniques in American literature; understand and interpret the themes from early American literature; illustrate the identify qualities of Romantic literature; compare the Dark Romantics with the earlier Romantic period and their key features; distinguish between Transcendentalism and Realism in American literature and explain how Transcendentalism influenced the rise of Realism; analyze Modernist prose, poetry, and plays, comparing important works with each other to find common qualities; explain the influence of the Harlem Renaissance on the periods of American literature after its rise; and point out examples of literature of the Contemporary period and how those works were informed by previous periods of literature.


The course is self-paced. Instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Course topics include: analyzing American literature; Colonial and Early National period in literature; the Romantic period in literature; dark romantics; transcendentalism in literature; realism in literature; modernist prose and plays; modernist poetry; the Harlem Renaissance and literature; and literature of the Contemporary period.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in English or American Cultures (2/17).