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EAC offers English Literature and American Literature online this fall

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[Click Image to Enlarge] English Instructor Pete Chidester is the instructor for both online classes. [Todd Haynie photo].

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Communicative Arts Division recently announced that it will offer both English Literature I (ENG221, section #0508) and American Literature I (ENG241, section #0509) as online classes this fall semester, which begins August 24, 2009.

“While these classes will continue to be offered in classrooms on campus, we want to make them available for students whose schedules require more flexibility,” says the instructor of both online versions of the classes, Peter Chidester.

English Literature I covers English literature from the pre-middle ages up until the 18th century, including such classics as Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Paradise Lost, and the works of Shakespeare. This class fulfills humanities and intensive writing requirements needed for graduation. There is a required text for this class that can be purchased at the EAC bookstore.

American Literature I will discuss early American literature from the Native Americans up to the works of great authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Stephen Crane. Like English Literature I, this class will also fulfill humanities and intensive writing requirements needed for graduation. However, students need not purchase a text for the class, as all the literature required will be provided free online.

“This is the first time that American Literature I has been offered as an online class,” says Chidester. “We invite everyone to enroll and take a journey into the heart of America as they read the great literature of this country.”

To register for these classes, contact the Records and Registration Office at 428-8270 or register online at