Section 204: TR 11 AM
Section 2H1: MWF 11 AM
Relating history's events ("Who, what and when") to causes and consequences, identifying historical trends, & improving one's skill in evaluating them critically. This includes a better understanding of intellectual/cultural trends (literature, art, etc.) as well as political evolution. An intepretative approach is a major object--concepts & ideas, influences of famous figures on events, etc.
Attend class on a regular basis (modest bonus points for those who do), and read two required textbooks: Robert A. Divine, et al, The American Story, Vol. 2, and a biography of President Harry S. Truman. Finally, it is required that a student take the 4 tests (2 readings quizzes, a midterm, and a final). No book reports or oral exams.
Tests include some multiple choice (2 points credit for each correct answer), and the midterm and Final--whhich also include written essays (choices given). The quizzes may include very short paragraphs based on the reading as well (again, choice given on all written answers). Written material is graded on accuracy, a grasp of the question, definition of the central problem and use of examples. All questions, multiple choice and written, are assigned a certain number of possible points. Points produce a grade based on a 90%, 80%, etc. scale, with some minor curving possible. At end of semester, student points are compiled, then compared with a grade scale comprised of the total of all lowest "As," lowest "Bs," etc.--which includes any curving. At the end the bonus points (if any) are added in. The result equals the grade for the course.
In honors course (2H1) the same procedure is used, but additional points are awarded those who participated well in the discussions which occur each week.
All tests must be taken on the day announced in advance. One makeup per student is allowed. Tests not taken are awarded a "0".
No paper for course, so no such policy--with exception that all students are permitted one makeup exam.
Attendance is expected. Missing only a few classes merits a bonus. Missing 5 or more eliminates the bonus. Missing 8 or 9 or more can warrant being dropped from the course--with advance warming.
No electronic devices (cell phones, etc.) on desk or in lap during tests, Violating of this rule will result in the confiscation of the exam, and the assignment of a grade of "0". During lecture, however, recording devices and laptops are permitted.