2 In-Class Essays 30%
Midterm examination 15%
Research project 30%
Participation and attendance 10%
In this class, the following numerical equivalents for final grades are used: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%. According to MSU Catalog 2012-2014 page 77, an A indicates excellent work, a B indicates good work, a C indicates satisfactory work, a D indicates passing work, and an F indicates failing work.
All in-class work must be written on standard white lined paper in pen. All outside class work must be typed, printed, and submitted according to current MLA requirements.
All assigned work will be due on dates assigned at the beginning of the class. I do not accept late work.
Regular class attendance will be expected. Roll will be taken at every class. After the first cut, each additional two will lower your final grade one letter mark. Two late arrivals equal one cut. “Authorized Absences” (see Bulletin) will not be counted in this total. Such absences, though, DO NOT excuse students from turning in required work on TIME. Please be aware that instructors may drop students from class rolls for lack of appropriate participation (See Bulletin and student handbook).
If you miss work for whatever reason, it will be your responsibility to find out what you have missed and how or if it can be made up. Missing work will be averaged as a zero. “I wasn’t here for this” will not be considered sufficient reason to excuse an individual student from completing required work.
Cell phones must be turned off. Vibrating cell phones are a disturbance and will not be tolerated. If a student is caught using an electronic device during a test, that student will receive a 0 on that test. Any behavior that disturbs the learning environment will not be tolerated. I will give a warning once that a particular behavior is disruptive to the class. If that conduct continues, an instructor drop will be initiated.
The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.