ENG 253 (Survey of African American Literature)


DIVISION: Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                                                                       Date:  August, 2015

Curricula in Which Course is Taught:          Liberal Arts

COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE:                English 253: Survey of African American Literature

Credit Hours: 3                                              Hours/Wk Lecture: 3                                                Hours/Wk Lab: 0                                    Lec/Lab Comb: 3



Catalog Description:

Examines selected works by Black American writers from the colonial period to the present. Involves critical reading and writing. Prerequisite ENG 112 or divisional approval. Part I of II. Lecture 3 hours per week.3 credits


Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:  

Students successfully completing this course will be able to understand cultural, social, and political influences in a given time period; write and research competently; observe the conventions of Standard English; and will be able to appreciate and interpret selected works by Black American writers. In addition, students will recognize the existence of different perspectives and culture values, and develop a historical consciousness.


Required background:  Successful completion of English 112 or equivalent


Course Content:  Survey major periods and movements of African American Literature and the major writers belonging to each. Includes a thorough historical, philosophical and cultural perspective as represented by Black American writers. Students will analyze major themes not limited to alienation, identity, double-consciousness, racism, classicism, rebellion, revolt, and escape. Furthermore there is an interdisciplinary approach to African American Literature and popular culture, specifically hip-hop.


Learner Outcomes:  Students will


A.     Be able to respond critically and reflectively to literary works by Black American writers

B.     Demonstrate critical thinking, reading, and writing skills by analyzing a variety of African American literary and artistic themes

C.     Recognize the major Black American writers and their writing styles, subjects, and themes.

D.     Be able to trace literary currents and movements and evaluate the connections between historical and political events and concurrent literature.

E.      Identify the social, political, and racial challenges unique to African Americans in American




Students must write at least two major critical analysis papers. In addition, faculty may assess students using essays, and short answer tests, and/or other projects or assignments designed to assess mastery of course content. All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of Standard English.


This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding