MW 5:30 - 6:45
The goal of this course is to provide you with an overview of the major events and trends in western civilization from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War. It is an introductory course; no prior knowledge is assumed.
College courses presume that a student studies outside of class 2 to 3 hours per semester hour credit; in other words, a 3-hour semester credit course like this one requires a minimum of 6 to 9 hours of work each week, more when preparing for an exam. Please budget your time accordingly.
Course requirements: There will be three exams and each exam counts one-third towards your final grade. Having three exams in a course is standard for college-level history courses. A college graduate will be expected (by future employers) to handle large amounts of information, and so this course begins to develop that skill by having students learn and synthesize several chapters for each exam.
For these exams, 70% of each will be objective (true-false, multiple choice, etc.) and 30% will be an essay question. Sample essay questions will be given out for review at least one week prior to the exam. Each exam will cover the material presented and read since the last exam.
Class Attendance: After the first week of class, a seating chart will be filled out and you must sit in your assigned seat. Attendance will be noted, and students with more than 5 absences MAY have one point per absence deducted from their final grade. Moreover, if you do not come to class, you will not have all the material needed to pass the exams. Mark the exam dates on your calendars now! Make-ups will ONLY be given to students who can present DOCUMENTATION of a major emergency which prevented them from taking the exam. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS FOR THE FINAL!
ONCE CLASS HAS BEGUN YOU ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN YOUR SEAT UNTIL CLASS IS OVER! DO NOT EXIT AND RE-ENTER THE CLASSROOM! IF YOU DO, THAT WILL COUNT AS AN ABSENCE!
Please note: This class is a no-cell-phone zone! Make sure all electronic devices except laptops are turned off and put away during class. No electronic devices at all permitted during exams.