Form NC:

New Course Proposal





Form NC #:





I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

Engl 3331f. African American Literature. (4 cr; QP—1501, 1531, 1541; SP—1100, 2011; not offered 2002-03)

Study of African American literature from the slave narrative to the contemporary novel, with attention to formative historical and cultural contexts, as well as theoretical and critical debates.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This long overdue proposed addition to the major is a standard course offering at nearly all U.S. universities and colleges. The English discipline has, in the past, offered African American literature courses when possible, and many students have requested that such a course be offered on a regular basis. With a new faculty position in multicultural literature, the discipline is now able to provide this valuable course to majors. This course will give majors another option in fulfilling the multicultural literature requirement, and will also help in alleviating the overcrowding and waiting lists for multicultural literature at UMM. Like other upper-division courses in the major, this course will help students hone critical analytical, reading, and writing skills. Content-wise, the course will trace the development of African American literary history through selected formative texts and through different critical approaches and debates surrounding this field.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Fall 2001

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Susan Bernardin

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):

Seminar format

Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

To teach students to read African American literature with an understanding of its textual complexities as well as the cultural and historical contexts shaping its development. To teach students to write about this literature with clarity, insight, and substance.

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

Students will be asked to write a brief analysis of a literary text at the beginning of the term and then will be asked to self-evaluate their literary understanding and their written work at the end of the term.

V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:

This is a specialized course for advanced majors. Faculty will offer, when feasible, 1000 level variable topics courses in African American literature for non-majors.

VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.



Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)




Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)




Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)

Provisional Approval Process:

If time does not allow for the regular approval procedures to be completed before the course is to be taught, or if a course will be taught only once, "provisional approval" can be secured for a one-time offering of the course. For provisional approval, curricular change forms must go through the following process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division Chair, approving for one-time offering, sends proposal to #3




Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, with concurrence of the Division Chairs, approves the course for a one-time offering