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Course Description

English - ENG 251

American Literature from Colonial Times to the Civil War (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

Students read and analyze significant literary works that illustrate the changing currents of thought and expression that dominated American life from colonial times to the Civil War.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • ENG 101 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or minimum score of 22 ACT-English, 29 SAT-Writing and Language, 108 CPT-Sentence Skills or 276 NGA-Writing.


  • ENG 102 and college-level reading.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Analyze early American literature on its own literary merits.
  • Analyze early American literature for some of its contributions to other centuries.
  • Explore early American literature in its historical context.
  • Use literary terms to discuss early American literature.
  • Characterize early American authors and works.
  • Differentiate the forms (such as diaries, speeches, etc.) used by early American writers.
  • Analyze the way(s) in which these forms shaped the writers' themes.
  • Explore connections between early American literature and authors' lives, historical events or social change.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.