Studying Core Literature

What to Expect

Instructors of Core Literature at Auburn design their own courses so that they can share their strengths while leading students in explorations of new areas. Each section is different, though all follow general guidelines and require approximately the same effort. Reading works of other times and places involves respecting, and attempting to understand, other perspectives; this reading may be engaging and enlightening, but it is demanding, and students should not expect it all to be easily accessible or directly entertaining.

World Literature I covers literature from antiquity to roughly 1650. World Literature II covers from roughly 1650 to the present. British Literature I covers literature from the beginnings of Britain to 1789. British Literature II covers literature from 1789 to the present. American Literature I covers literature from the beginnings of America to 1865. American Literature II covers from 1865 to the present.

What is Expected

Diligence is essential to success in these courses; a minimum average of two hours of preparation is recommended for each class hour, though the workload will vary depending on the assignment. Also, students’ curiosity and questions are crucial to the process of exploration. Policies concerning attendance, participation, punctuality, and paper format are established by individual instructors. Students should be aware that undocumented use of even one sentence from any written or online source constitutes plagiarism. Instructors are urged to refer every case of suspected plagiarism to the Academic Honesty Committee. For information on this process, read the Tiger Cub.

Grading Guidelines

Your final grade represents your instructor’s overall assessment of your performance in the course. Other grades—on papers, tests, quizzes, class participation, etc.—constitute a schematic system enabling you and your instructor to assess how you are progressing during the semester.

The number, frequency, criteria, and form of grades during the semester are the prerogative of the instructors and will vary from class to class. If you do not understand the explanation of the grading system and the criteria of evaluation in the syllabus, ask for clarification at the beginning of the semester.

Each instructor will emphasize somewhat different aspects of your work, but the grading guidelines offer a general idea of what essay grades often mean.

For more information

Susana Morris

Susana Morris, Associate Professor
Coordinator of Core Literature
9004 Haley Center
(334) 844-9004

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 11-12:30
  • Thursday 11-12:30

Last Updated: July 03, 2014