Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2018
Days & Times

not applicable

Dr. Sharon L. Arnoult (view Profile)


Cultures of the West: A History. Vol. 1: To 1750.

Course Objectives

The goal of this course is to provide you with an overview of the major events and trends in western civilization up to the eighteenth century, or modern era. It is an introductory course; no prior knowledge is assumed.

Course Expectations

 There are three exams and a short writing assignment required in this course. Each exam counts for 30% of your final grade and the writing assignment counts for 10%.

Grading Standards

 Grading is done on a standard 100-point scale (i.e., 100-90=A, 89-80=B, etc.)

Final Exam

12/11/2018 n/a

Submission Format Policy


All exams will be taken through D2L.  Each exam will be available for a period of time during which you may log on and take the exam. (See the course outline below for the dates.) You may not log on before or after the specified time. Once you log on you have 50 minutes (1 minute per question) to take the exam. Once the time limit has been reached, you have a “grace period” of ONE (1) minute to save any answers you might not have saved.  After that one minute, you will still be able to submit the exam but you will NOT be able to save any answers so any answers or changes to answers not saved by then will be lost. THERE IS NO CONSIDERATION GIVEN FOR ANSWERS LOST ONCE THE “GRACE PERIOD” HAS EXPIRED.

The writing assignment must be written using Word and turned in using the D2L dropbox for this course. 



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Any writing assignments turned in after the due date will have 5 points deducted for each day late and NO assignments will be accepted after 5 days have passed.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Other Policies

There is no provision for extra credit!!!



Academic Honesty

Academic honesty involves the giving of credit to the original creator or publisher through citations, assuring that all submitted work is your own original work, not previously submitted in another course(s) at any institution and that all group members have contributed equally in graded group submissions. Your final earned grade in the course will be dropped one full letter grade if the above is not followed.

Academic honesty is also highly valued at MSU. A student must always submit work that represents his/her original work or ideas. Any words or ideas not original must be cited, giving all relevant sources. The student should also make clear the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citation, refer to the Little Brown or APA style guide requirements, include but are not limited to all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source.



As a member of the academic community, conduct yourself in person, in print, and online in a responsible way and in the spirit of courteous educational inquiry.

Be courteous, even when you disagree, and always provide clear, logical support for your views.

Clear communication of meaning depends entirely on your choice and visuals, so choose your words and visuals carefully to communicate effectively with your audience.

Avoid typing in all capitals because it is difficult to read and considered the electronic version of "shouting".

ADA Statement

Americans with Disabilities Act:

Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and Public Law 101-336 in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any disabling condition that will require modifications.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at