Course Template
The following information should be available to students as a part of all syllabi for this course.

Course Information
Number: ENGL 2180
Catalog Name: Studies in African-American Literature
Instructor sub-title (optional)

Instructor Information
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Required texts and other readings/materials

  • Individual instructors may assemble a group of texts that will allow them to meet the objectives and specifications.

Course description

  • An examination of representative African-American texts, with particular attention to the defining aesthetic principles of the tradition. Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
  • A further specific description pertaining to this section of the course may be added.

Course Goals

  • Students will develop the ability to recognize, identify, and contextualize significant achievements in African-American literature.
  • Students will develop the ability to apply, understand, and appreciate the application of aesthetic criteria to "real-world" circumstances.
  • Students will develop enhanced cultural awareness and analytical skills.
  • Students will demonstrate their command of academic English and of the tenets of sound composition by means of thesis-driven analytical prose.

Program Goals

  • Oral and written communication will be characterized by clarity, critical analysis, logic, coherence, persuasion, precision, and rhetorical awareness (Core Curriculum learning outcomes I)
  • Cultural and Social Perspectives: Cultural and social perspective will be characterized by cultural awareness and an understanding of the complexity and dynamic nature of social/political/economic systems; human and institutional behavior, values, and belief systems; historical and spatial relationship; and, flexibility, open-mindedness, and tolerance. (Core Curriculum learning outcomes III)
  • Aesthetic Perspective: Aesthetic perspective will be characterized by critical appreciation of and ability to make informed aesthetic judgments about the arts of various cultures as media for human expression (Core Curriculum learning outcomes V)
  • This course fulfills the Area C.2 requirement in the core for all students.
  • Area C (Humanities/Arts) Learning Outcomes:

    1. To develop the ability to recognize and identify achievements in literary, fine and performing arts;
    2. To have an appreciation of the nature and achievements of the arts and humanities; and
    3. To develop the ability to apply, understand, and appreciate the application of aesthetics criteria to "real world circumstances.
  • This course contributes to the program goal of equipping students with a foundation in literary history and the issues surrounding literary study in contemporary culture.
  • This course broadens students' desire and ability to take pleasure in their encounter with literature.

General topics and assignments appropriate to those topics

  • To be determined by instructor

Assessment activities

  • May include various combinations of instruments ranging from reading quizzes, response papers, and presentations to exams and longer essays, including documented essays.
  • All sections must include at least (10) ten pages of writing in order to meet departmental expectations.

Other policies

  • Departmental plagiarism policies
  • Other policy statements specific to this class should be included on the syllabus.
  • A detailed calendar of readings and assignments should be made available to the class at the first class meeting. A copy should be posted electronically and kept on file in the English department office.
  • Students should be expected to come to class, prepared and able to participate.
  • MLA style should be emphasized and required on out of class essays.