Note: A passing grade on any assignment first assumes competence in the mechanics of standard written English.

C To earn a C, a student must


B To earn a B, a student must meet the minimum requirements for a C essay plus

A To earn an A, a student must meet the minimum requirements for a B essay plus:

         Provide a sophisticated thesis that demonstrates independent thinking.

         Support all claims/ideas with appropriate, fully analyzed examples and compelling, insightful arguments.

         Show persuasive logical development and organization throughout.

         Maintain a distinctive voice and consistent viewpoint that incorporates interesting and varied style.

         Provide secondary sources, where applicable, that demonstrate independent research in the field.

         Enter into meaningful dialogue with secondary sources, such that the student is not just proving someone elses point but developing original ideas in relation to research material.


D A D grade results from

         Failing to respond clearly to the assignment, or

         A lack of qualities listed under the minimum requirements for a C, or

         Insufficient control of standard written English, resulting in substantial errors that cause confusion or incoherence.


F          An F grade results from

         Two or more of the faults listed in D above.