Because literature is both a product of and an influence upon the culture in which it is birthed, it should be evaluated within its historical context. This 3-in-1 course will explore American History and Literature from a biblical perspective. Beginning with the early settlement of the American colonies to the challenges of the present, we will hear from America’s voices through a study of primary documents, with the goal of engaging in and responding to the ongoing American conversation as biblical and critical thinkers.
In addition to reading and discussing the works of American authors within the framework of American history, students will also understand the influence Christianity has had on American culture and politics.
Students will build and demonstrate their understanding of content through active reading strategies, unit reviews, tests, and creative projects, as well as enhance their composition skills through imitative, expository, and analytical writing. They will also develop and produce a college-level research paper.
This expanded course meets twice weekly for 90 minute class sessions and is equal to 30 credits total (10 credits in American History, 10 in American Literature, and 10 in either Bible or Critical Thinking).