Because this is a small class in which we’ll be doing a fair amount of project work, arriving on time is essential. As a graduate course that marries a seminar+lab work format, it is disrespectful to show up while someone else is speaking, disturbing his or her train of thought. Please extend the same courtesy to others that you would expect when you are the one speaking. [Attendance expectations (number of missed days) are stated in the “Grading” section of the syllabus, and in the Course Structure page of this website.]

Medical and Other Issues

Every semester, an illness or a family emergency forces someone to miss an assignment or even class day. If you find yourself in this situation, speak to the instructor as soon as possible in person, by phone, or by email. Without an effort to communicate, missed assignments should be evaluated as such by both instructor and class participant (this may include class participation).

Academic Integrity

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. You can read the full .pdf document on ASU’s policy on plagiarism and cheating at academicintegrity.appstate.edu (click on “Academic Integrity Code”).

Learning Space (Anne Belk Hall 240]

Per History Department guidelines, drinks are permissible in ABH 240, but only if covered. Please be mindful of where you place your cups in relation to technology and other class participants. Food and tobacco are prohibited.

Learning Space (Anne Belk Hall 240]

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 https://edc.appstate.edu/equity-issues for information related to Appalachian State University’s Title IX and http://academicaffairs.appstate.edu/syllabi for the most up-to-date policies on students with special needs, academic integrity, religious observances, and student engagement with courses.

Reporting Obligations

To meet this commitment, and to comply with state and federal laws, Appalachian faculty are required to formally report instances of interpersonal violence, such as sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking, and retaliation, to the Office of Title IX Compliance. Those impacted by interpersonal violence will be provided support, resources, and applicable information. Please visit https://titleix.appstate.edu or call (828) 262-2144 for more information.


It should be obvious, but participants in this course are encouraged to bring their own laptop and/or tablet to class when possible. 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.

Silence mobile computing alerts and ringers before class begins. And no texting in class (it’s rude and you cannot be present in two distinct conversations)… the eye of Sauron watches all!

If your phone is your only computing device, let the instructor know immediately.

Food Insecurity

Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the Dean of Students, 324 Plemmons Student Union, for a list of resources and support. The ASU Food Pantry and Free Store is a free resource with pantry and personal care items, located in the Office of Sustainability on the bottom floor of East Hall. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable us to assist you with finding the resources you may need.

Special Needs / Disability Resources

Appalachian State University is committed to providing an inclusive experience, accessible learning environments and equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Individuals needing reasonable accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056 or odr.appstate.edu).

ELL students are encouraged to make use of the University Writing Center. Consultants can help with the unique needs of these students, including clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, formatting and the theory and practice of documenting outside resources. Consultants can also help students better understand assignment guidelines. To make an appointment, call 262-3144 or visit the website (writingcenter.appstate.edu) for current hours and additional information and resources.