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Grade Culture

In response to guidance from the Academic Council and the Office of the Provost, the Department of Anthropology will temporarily waive the restriction on taking Anthropology classes P/NP for credit toward the ANTH major or minor. This change applies to courses taken during the Summer 2020 term. If you are interested or plan to change your grading options for Summer 2020, please consult with a Global Connections Flight Path Advisor to ensure that you are making the right choice for your academic needs.


Undergraduate Council: Discussion of Grade Culture

Department of Anthropology (January 2013)
Statement on Grades

A+ Quality of student’s performance significantly exceeds all requirements and expectations required for an A grade. Very few, if any, students receive this grade in a given course.
A: Quality of performance is outstanding relative to that required to meet course requirements; demonstrates mastery of course content at the highest level.
B: Quality of performance is significantly above that required to meet course requirements; demonstrates mastery of course content at a high level.
C: Quality of performance meets the course requirements in every respect; demonstrates adequate understanding of course content.
D: Quality of performance is at the minimal level necessary to pass the course, but does not fully meet the course requirements; demonstrates a marginal understanding of course content.
F: Quality of performance in the course is unacceptable and does not meet the course requirements; demonstrates an inadequate understanding of course content.

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