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 theory and/or 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.