Course Description

Examination of important representative works by U.S. African-American writers and theoretical approaches relevant to studying that literature. Emphases may vary in different sections.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the work of important representative U.S. African-American writers.
  • Discuss the development of U.S. African American literature in relation to developments in American history, culture, and literature.
  • Compare and contrast the themes and textual strategies of different works by these writers.
  • Apply relevant theoretical and critical approaches to the analysis of works studied in the course.
  • Construct clear and well-made analytical arguments about these works in writing and discussion.


Minimum Requirements: Substantial readings from a variety of important and representative African-American writers. Specific emphases may change from section to section. Some discussion of relevant critical theories must be included. 8-10 pages of formal writing requiring literary analysis of specific texts and incorporation of relevant critical sources. Final Exam composed primarily of essay questions on course readings. Written work from papers (formal) and exams (informal) should comprise at least 50% of the course grade.


Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 180,000 alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Classes

Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

75+ Degree Programs

Choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus credentials and certificates.

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Year-Round Enrollment

Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

20+ Locations

Attend class and learn onsite at one of over 20 locations in California.

Military Friendly

As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.

College of Letters and Sciences

“Our faculty are established scholars and creators in their own fields. They are dedicated to making your entry into their disciplines a successful one, preparing you for your career as well as graduate study.”
College of Letters and Sciences
Jackson M., Class of 2021, Military Veteran