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ENGL 2700 - British Literature 1: Home

The purpose of this guide is to provide students with a collection of writing and research resources available in the library.

Course Description

This course is a study of selected works of classic British Literature up to the late eighteenth century.  Representative writes may include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spenser, Donne, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, and Boswell.  This is a writing intensive class, including four analytical argument essays of 4-6 pages.  The course emphasizes investigating historical and cultural cvontexts, applying reasoned analysis, and comparing themes and structures of different texts.  Prerequisite: Completion of English 1500 with a grade of "C" or better.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, a successful student should be able to do the following:

  1. Investigate literary, historical, social, political, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts;
  2. Trace the connections between literary works and the literary movement associated with their periods in essays;
  3. Apply literary analysis in essays;
  4. Integrate literary terms in essays; and
  5. Synthesize and evaluate scholarly sources in logical, cogent essays.

Academic Tenacity

ACADEMIC TENACITY: According to the  Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck, et al in a report on academic tenacity, students perform well in classes when they develop these characteristics:

  • See school as relevant to their future,
  • Seek out challenges,
  • Remain engaged over the long haul
  • Work hard and postpone immediate pleasures, and
  • Stay focused in spite of intellectual or social difficulties.

Additionally, students with a growth mindset—the belief that their intelligence can be developed—generally persist over those who believe their intelligence is fixed—the belief that their intelligence/ability cannot be changed. In addition to devoting the recommended two hours or more per unit in the class, these non-cognitive factors should be recognized and closely monitored in this online class. A graphic indicating the fixed versus the growth mindset can be found at this site. Therefore, you are expected to demonstrate academic tenacity.