History 101:  Western Thought since 1600
Hasbrouck Lab 126 - MW 11:15-12:05

Grading and Required Work:



Midterm Exam



Paper #1 *


Paper #2 *


Final Exam


Class Participation



* You will recieve a separate handout covering the paper topic


Things to keep in mind:

  • Please retain a second copy of papers until your graded paper is returned.
  • Please hold all graded assignments until you receive your final grade.
  • Please respect a 24-hour moratorium on discussing any individual grade.
  • All late papers will be marked down 5 points for each day late (i.e. after one day, an 85 (B) becomes an 80 (B-), etc.).
  • Letter grade equivalencies: A=92.5-100; A-=89.5-92.4; B+=87.5-89.4; B=82.5-88.4; B-=79.5-82.4; C+=77.5-79.4; C=72.5-78.4; C-=69.5-72.4; D+=67.5-69.4; D=62.5-68.4; D-=59.5-62.4; F=below 59.5.

Please Note: All course requirements must be completed in order to receive a passing grade in the class.  Cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty are grounds for failing this course.

Also Note: Exams will only be rescheduled for a documented illness or other emergency.


Plagiarism and Academic Honesty:


As a condition of continued enrollment in this course, you agree to submit all assignments to the Turnitin.com service for textual comparison or originality review for the detection of possible plagiarism. All submitted assignments will be included in the UMass Amherst dedicated databases of assignments at Turnitin.com. These databases of assignments will be used solely for the purpose of detecting possible plagiarism during the grading process and during this term and in the future.


To access Turnitin.com go to the main login page (http://www.turnitin.com/login_page.asp) and either login (if you already have an account) or click on "New User" at the top of the page. This service is free, but you do need to register. Once you are logged in, you will need to add the course to your account. Each TA has a separate Class IDs that you will need to enter. For Erika Arthur's sections, enter 2852655 and for Justin Silvestri's sections enter 2852656. The password is the same for all sections = westernciv (written in small case and one word). If you have questions here are some helpful links:

UMass Libraries Student Quickstart for Turnitin

Turnitin.Com Student Manual

What is Plagiarism?  According to the UMASS Academic Regulations (2008-2009) Plagiarism is defined as “knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own work in any academic exercise. This includes submitting without citation, in whole or in part, prewritten term papers of another or the research of another, including but not limited to commercial vendors who sell or distribute such materials.”  For more info please see the "Preventing Plagiarism" website at http://www.umass.edu/academichonesty.

Honesty:  You many not engage in any form of academic dishonesty. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating on exams, helping another person cheat, or plagiarizing on written assignments.  This also includes fabricating excuses for absences from class and signing in for another student.  If you are caught cheating at any point during the semester, you will fail the entire course and I report you to the Academic Honesty Board.


Writing Center:


The university offers a special resource for students who want some additional assistance with writing and research. The Writing Center is located in the northwest corner of the W.E.B. DuBois Library's Learning Commons.  For more information, please visit the WC Website: http://www.umass.edu/writingcenter. The web site also offers information about the Center, such as current hours of operation and what to bring with you for your first consultation.