The instructor will contact you within the first few weeks of classes to warn students whose classroom performance is unsatisfactory.  An unsatisfactory mid-semester report will also be submitted for anyone with a grade of D or below on work completed at that time. Writing assignments (with the exception of blogging) will be marked down a full letter grade for each day it is late, and will not be accepted after 48 hours. Students must produce a medical note to reschedule any presentations. Below is the grade breakdown:

  • Class Participation—20% 
  • Classroom Discussion Leadership—20% 
  • American Citizenship Research Project—60%
    • Reaction Papers—40%
    • Presentation—20% 
    • Final Research Paper—40%

Grading Rationale:

Academic performance is rated according to the following system:

          A            4.00 quality points—Excellent

          A-          3.70 quality points

          B+          3.30 quality points

          B            3.00 quality points—Commendable

          B-           2.70 quality points

          C+          2.30 quality points

          C            2.00 quality points—Acceptable

          C-           1.70 quality points

          D+          1.30 quality points

          D            1.00 quality points—Marginal 

          F            0.00 quality points—Failure