This course provides a survey of culturally significant literary texts from the Exploration through the late 19th century. By reading selections from an updated and expanded canon, including works by women and minorities, students gain awareness of the multicultural origins and development of American literature. Because this course may be taken as an alternative to English Composition II, students will be expected to demonstrate competency in writing and research by producing work which is not only grammatically and mechanically correct but which displays effective sentence structure and organization, precise diction, appropriate use of research materials, and proper MLA documentation. This course satisfies the Gordon Rule writing requirement and is an alternative to ENC 1102. A grade of “C” or higher must be attained.