To provide students with knowledge of the foundations of Western Civilization, from antiquity through the Reformation.
Grades will be assessed based on 3 Identification Quizzes (“ID quizzes”) and 3 midterm exams. The last exam is on the day of the final (quizzes and exams are not cumulative). The course is divided into 3 sections; one ID quiz will be given in each section and one midterm exam will be given at the end of each section.
For the ID quizzes, you will be given a list of 10 terms/events/individuals from which you must pick 5 to identify. The identification will consist of a complete definition or description of the term/event/individual AND 1-2 sentences on why that term/event/individual is important historically. A short paragraph, using complete sentences, is expected for each complete ID. Each ID quiz will be worth 25 points (5 points per ID); thus, quizzes will contribute 75 points to your overall grade. You will need a clean sheet of paper for each quiz.
Each midterm exam will be worth 100 points and will consist of a matching section and a multiple-choice section. Questions will cover both the readings in the book and the lecture material. Overall, the midterms will contribute 300 points to your grade. You will need a scantron for each midterm.
In total, the course is worth 375 points. Grades will be assigned on a straight point scale. Thus, to get an A in the course, you will need to earn 90% of the total points (i.e., 338 points); a B requires 80-89%; a C 70-79%; a D 60-69%. A grade of 59% or lower will receive an F. If you are not doing well and want to do better, please come and see me EARLY in the course.
To monitor attendance, a sign-in sheet will be kept. Students who sign in for anyone but themselves will be referred to the Dean of Students. If you need to leave class early, it must be for a good reason and you must tell be before class begins or you will be marked absent. Do not email me regarding absences or bring doctor’s notes, etc. if you miss lecture; you will not be “excused” so as to maintain perfect attendance. If you miss lecture, it is up to you to get notes from another student.
University-Sponsored Teams and Organizations
All members of in-season sports teams or other campus organizations who will be missing class because of university sanctioned events MUST present to me a written statement on university letterhead and signed by a university official indicating those dates that will be missed because of travel or participation in the university-sponsored event.
Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities are required to register with Disability Support Services (DSS) before classroom accommodations can be provided. The instructor then needs to be notified by the student of the nature of these accommodations. This notification will take the form of an official letter obtained from DSS by the student and given to the instructor. It is always the responsibility of the student to arrange accommodations with DSS.
1. Make-ups for quizzes or exams will be allowed ONLY for legitimate, excusable reasons and ONLY if notification of the absence is received prior to the absence. If you are physically unable to notify me, then have a friend or family member notify me of the absence. Failure to notify me will result in a zero for the missed quiz or exam.
2. All make-ups MUST BE taken within 48 hours (before or after) of the missed quiz or exam (example: you are leaving for a schedule MSU event you would take the exam before you leave).
3. If it is physically impossible to make-up the quiz or exam within the 48 hours allotted (example: you are in the hospital), then other arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Excusable reasons for missing a quiz or exam include the following:
1. Extreme and verifiable illness (colds and elective procedures don’t count and you must have a doctor’s note verifying you could not come the actual day of the quiz or exam)
2. Accident or injury (must present verification, e.g., tow slip, emergency room documentation)
3. MSU sanctioned event (you must be an active participant, not support staff)
4. Extreme family emergency (e.g., funeral the day of the exam; must show proof)
Inexcusable reasons for missing a quiz or exam include the following:
1. Scheduling doctor/dentist, therapy or other appointments for the day/time of the quiz or exam (possible exception: court dates). You can control your appointments even if you are told “this is the only time you can come in”, so scheduling conflicts are not an excuse.
2. Failure to show up (missed bus, forgot, slept in, car problems, etc.)
3. Weather; if the MSU campus is open, then you must be here, so if bad weather is forecast, prepare for it. It is your responsibility to check the MSU website for weather-related information.
4. Congested schedule or overlapping classes
5. Failure to obtain babysitter or caregiver
6. Work schedule conflict
In general, none of these excuses will be accepted as all of them stem from a lack of responsibility on the part of the student to maintain control over their own schedules.
Course Policies Regarding Disruptive Behavior
Out of general courtesy to everyone, please observe the following policies:
1. Do not walk through the classroom or leave once class has begun (exception: sudden illness)
2. Do not talk during lecture except during discussion periods or to ask questions of the instructor; talking to your friends, even to ask a question, is disruptive and will prevent other students in the class from hearing what I am saying
3. Do not engage in disruptive or disrespectful behavior
4. Do not cheat on quizzes or exams (see Student Handbook)
5. Do not play games on your electronic devices or play with your social media sites, do homework for other classes, read books or newspapers, sleep, listen to music, etc. during the lecture
6. Do not eat or drink in class unless you can do so quietly; no one needs to listen to crinkling food wrappers or worse, listen to you chew or slurp
Disruptive students will be given one (1) verbal warning to improve their behavior. Second offenders will be asked to leave the classroom and will be referred to the Dean of Students. Abusive students will be dismissed from the class permanently.
Policy on Electronic Devices [READ THIS TWICE]
1. Turn off or silence (note: vibrate is not the same as silent) all cell phones, pagers, music players/headphones, and other electronic devices that make noise or have the potential to disrupt the class before you walk into the room.
a. Class should never be disrupted because of someone’s cell phone going off.
b. NO cell phones are permitted to be out and/or in my (or your) sight in this class.
i. If your phone is out and/or in sight and/or you are caught using it, you will be asked to put it away and you will lose 1% from your final grade in the course for each violation.
ii. Should your phone ring/vibrate during class, you are dismissed for the day and you will lose 1% from your final lecture grade in the course for each violation.
iii. If you want to use your phone to record the lecture, it must be placed at the front of the room and out of your reach.
2. No laptops are allowed except with the permission of the instructor. You will be asked to sign a statement guaranteeing that your internet will be disabled during class. If you are caught violating the no-internet agreement, you will lose 1% from your final lecture grade in the course for each violation.
3. No electronic devices whatsoever are to be on or in operation during quizzes or exams. If you are caught with any type of electronic device (including headphones and ear buds), your quiz or exam will be confiscated and you will receive a zero for that quiz or exam.
University Code of Conduct
For university standards of conduct please refer to the MSU Student Handbook. In general, students are to attend all meetings of all classes; instructors may drop students for excessive absences, indifference, disruptive behavior, or failure to complete class assignments; students are prohibited from cheating, plagiarizing, or colluding. Students are expected to have read the Student Handbook.
Cheating, plagiarism, and collusion (as well as several other forms of conduct) are all strictly prohibited at MSU. If you do not know what the terms cheating, plagiarism, or collusion refer to, then you should read the definitions and prohibitions regarding Academic Dishonesty that can be found in the 2012-2013 MSU Student Handbook, p. 83-84. The handbook is online for you to read read it.
According to the 2012-2013 MSU Student Handbook, p. 47, an instructor may drop a student from the course for several reasons, including “excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.” You will receive 1 (one) verbal or written warning before being dropped with an F. If you decide you do not want to be in the class anymore, you should officially drop, rather than have me drop you with an F.
By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity.