Grading Summary

  • Attendance/ Class participation = 10 pts.
  • Weekly blogging assignment = 36 pts.
  • Book review post = 15 pts.
  • Digital research-based project(s) = 24 pts.
  • Final exam paper = 15 pts.
    • Total=100 pts.

Grading Scale

  • A 100-94 / A- 93-90
  • B+ 89-87 / B 86-83 / B- 82-80
  • C+ 79-77 / C 76-73 / 72-70
  • D+ 69-67 / D 66-63 / D- 62-60
  • F = 59 or lower

Policies & Requirements

Attendance: Because this is a course that involves active participation, both in class and online, attendance and participation is vital. Because we are living in a time of pandemic uncertainty, however, we can’t pretend it’s “business as usual.”

Each student is being asked to attend class once a week – either Tuesday or Thursday. Please notify the instructor at the beginning of the semester if you are in Boone or can make it to ABH 236, or if you are 100% remote and will attend via Zoom. If you have symptoms that may put others at risk, email the instructor in advance that you will join by Zoom that week. [see:]

Medical / Emergencies: If an illness or a family emergency forces you to miss an assignment, speak to the instructor as soon as possible in person, by phone, or by email. Be open and honest; the instructor will work with you while being fair to all students.

Specific Needs: Appalachian State University is committed to making reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented qualifying disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you have a disability and may need reasonable accommodations in order to have equal access to the University’s courses, programs and activities, please contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056 or Once registration is complete, individuals will meet with ODR staff to discuss eligibility and appropriate accommodations.

Plagiarism-Cheating: By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in ASU’s scholarly community in which everyone’s academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty…and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal.

You can read the full .pdf document on ASU’s policy on plagiarism and cheating at (click on “Academic Integrity Code”). If you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism in a history course, please arrange a time to talk to the instructor. You can also read this excellent overview on plagiarism from Indiana University. ( If you believe academic misconduct is taking place, please notify the instructor as soon as possible. For further definitions on what academic misconduct is and how to avoid it at all costs please read:

Food, Drink, Tobacco: Drinks are permissible, but please be mindful of where you place your cups and keep other students in mind. Food and tobacco are prohibited (please take care of your food before class, or store it away for after class). ABH 236 is an Active Learning Classroom (ALC) with technology around the room. Please take special care of any liquids.

Mutual Respect: The Department of History at Appalachian State University is committed to supporting our students and fostering an environment that is free of bias, discrimination, and harassment, in the classroom and in the broader university community. We are a faculty that strives to model reflection, advocacy, and care for community in order to work toward an equitable, democratic, and sustainable society. We value your participation in this process. If you feel that our courses, programs, or department fall short of this commitment, we encourage you to engage in dialogue with your instructor and/or other program faculty. Please visit for information related to Appalachian State University’s Title IX and for the most up-to-date policies on students with special needs, academic integrity, religious observances, and student engagement with courses.

Technology Policy: Portable technology is now an indispensable tool for teaching and learning history. Participants in this course are encouraged to bring a laptop and/or tablet to class when possible. We will work in various settings (individual, pairs, small groups) throughout the semester but with a focus on individual projects and assignments. We will make good use of the ALC space in ABH 236.
Remember: computing devices are to be used for course work and the tasks at hand only. Your screen is visible to others; please do not let your screen become a distraction. Please silence mobile computing alerts and ringers before class begins. Thanks!


Face Coverings: Appalachian State University Policy 302.8 requires that all students wear face coverings at all times that social distancing is not feasible.  Even if social distancing is feasible face coverings shall be worn at all times in classrooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms, elevators, research laboratory spaces, and any other instructional areas, unless an approved modification has been provided pursuant to the policy.  Appropriate face coverings include cloth face coverings and other reusable University-approved face coverings that cover the nose and mouth of the individual. Failure to comply with this policy may result in dismissal from the current class session and charges under the Code of Student Conduct.

ASU’s COVID-19 update page can be found at: