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Course Description

English - ENG 252

American Literature from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

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


(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 post-Civil War American literature on its own literary merits.
  • Distinguish the early American roots of post-Civil War American literature.
  • Analyze contributions of post-Civil War American literature to modern times.
  • Discuss post-Civil War American literature in its historical context.
  • Use literary terms to discuss post-Civil War American literature.
  • Characterize post-Civil War American authors and works.
  • Explain the way in which the forms used by post-Civil War American writers shaped the writers' themes.
  • Explore the ways in which changing currents of thought are expressed in post-Civil War American literature.
  • Explore the connections between post-Civil War American literature and authors' lives, historical events or social change.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.