House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

ENGL-2326-50 (Masterworks of American Literature)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorGongre, Charles E.
Phone(409) 984-6229
Academic Programs
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:M-F 9:00 - 11:30 2:00- 5:00 TTH 5:00 - 6:30
Building:Madison Monroe Education (MMED)
Room #:121A
Course Information
Course ID #10041
Course Subject-Number-SectionENGL-2326-50
Course TitleMasterworks of American Literature
Course Description Critical study of six to ten major works of American literature, including both the19th and 20th centuries.
Course Prerequisites ENGL 1302 or Departmental approval.
Required Textbooks The Scarlet Letter

Moby Dick

The Great Gatsby

As I Lay Dying

The Prince of Tides

Learning Objectives

ENGL 2326 is designed to help students to attain the following:

•the ability to demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities

•the ability to understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context

•the ability to respond critically to works in the arts and humanities

•the ability to articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities

Major Assignments The major portion of your grade (75%) will be based on the three main tests, each covering approximately one-third of the course material.

These tests will be part objective, part essay, and you will be graded on your knowledge of characters and events in the novels. You will also be responsible for knowing the literary terms, biographical details about the authors, and literary history that I give you throughout the semester.

You will also be expected to identify the speakers of selected quotations and the works in which those quotations appear. Each of the three major tests will count as twenty-five percent of your semester grade. If you miss a test, you will receive a zero unless you make it up.

The quizzes are designed to encourage you to do the reading assignments. They will not be difficult if you read (i.e. study) the assignments carefully. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped, and the average of the remaining quiz grades will count as twenty-five percent of your semester grade. If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero unless you make it up.

Discussion Topics This is a course designed to introduce you to selected great works in American literature. You will study these works in depth. You will also learn something about these authors, about the major eras in American literature, and about novels, short stories, and literature in general.
Attendance Policy Attendance will be checked at every class meeting by means of a seating chart. If you miss a class, you will receive a zero for any assignment done in that class. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed during an absence and to arrange to make up any missed work. I will allow you to make work up, regardless of the reason for your absence, but you must take the initiative.

BE ON TIME. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class. If you come to class late you will miss them, and I will not allow you to make up work that you miss simply because you are late.

You may be dropped by the instructor from any course for absences. This is a decision which is left up to each instructor, and it is your responsibility and in your best interests to determine how your instructors treat absences. Ordinarily I do not drop students for this reason, but you should be aware that instructors have this option and some of them do drop students for excessive absences.

When you know in advance that you are going to be absent, notify your instructors.

Determination of Final Grade Determination of Final Grade

Test One: 25%

Test Two: 25%

Test Three: 25%

Quizzes: 25%                 

Final Exam Date May 17, 2011 - 6:00 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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