Chris Bishop

Instructor Email


Instructor Phone

(940) 498-6241


Course Description

The study of major writers and their works from the Civil War Period to the present, including the philosophical and cultural background to the works; reports and essays.


Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete ENGL2328 will be able to: 1) Identify authors, titles, major and minor characters, place names, details, and short quotations from the works studied, as well as significant events, places, and historical figures from American from 1865 to the present; 2) Define literary terms discussed in class, along with terms from world history, various cultures, and languages; 3) Describe in some detail and discuss perceptively literary, historic and cultural periods, movements, philosophies, or techniques as covered in the readings and lectures; 4) Demonstrate an understanding of the works studied by correctly answering examination questions and/or writing essays or reports; 5) Demonstrate critical thinking and effective academic writing skills in essays or research papers; 6) Conduct scholarly research using print, electronic media, and Internet sources, apply ethical standards to their use of their research findings, scrupulously avoiding plagiarism, and utilize MLA style of documentation.



Course Requirements


Successful completion of ENGL1301 and ENGL1302.



Perkins and Perkins. The American Tradition in Literature. 11th ed. Vol. 2 with Ariel DVD. Softcover. New York: McGraw Hill, 2007. (pages 2246)
ISBN: 13 9780073221533



Students should expect to invest minimally 6 hours per WEEK in this course. Once the semester begins, students are to use ANGEL email for instructor contact.



Additional Information

NCTC Required Blocks of Study

Block I: Readings (LO 1-3)

Students will read and analyze a variety of selections from the adopted textbook.


Block II: Quizzes, Examinations, and the Final Exam (LO 1-3) Students may be required to take quizzes or tests over assigned readings and/or related materials. A final exam, if given, may count no more than 25% of the semester grade.


Block III:Compositions (LO 1-4) Students will write a minimum of 5,000 words (20 pages) in a variety of compositions—formal and informal. As part of this required writing, students will produce a minimum of four graded assignments. At least two of these must use the complete writing process, which may consist of the following:

  • - Invention
  • - Drafting
  • - Peer Review
  • - Revision
  • - Final Draft

Block IV: Grammar and Mechanics (LO 2) Students will study grammar and mechanics in the adopted handbook in order to meet departmental standards. This study may be done by examination of units in the handbook or through writing as a process, according to the discretion of the instructor.


Block V: Research (LO 1-5) Students will utilize library and electronic resources. They will submit a minimum of one research paper using MLA style documentation. Pages generated as part of this research block are included in the required writing stipulated in Block III.

 Sample Syllabus (PDF)