The teacher in charge of a course might give you more specific information about grading standards.
Some courses are standards-referenced which means there are no percentage allocations to grades. This includes all common core courses. The philosophy department has adopted the following standards ("grade descriptors") for all such courses.
Grades for common core courses are determined by the quality of the work rather than comparative performance.
These are the standards for the various grades:
- (A) Demonstrate evidence of original thought, strong analytical and critical abilities as well as a thorough grasp of the topic from background reading and analysis; should demonstrate excellent organizational, rhetorical and presentational skills.
- (B) Demonstrate evidence of critical and analytical thinking but not necessarily original in their thinking; show adequate grasp of the topic from background reading and analysis; should demonstrate strong organizational, rhetorical and presentational skills.
- (C) Demonstrate evidence of a reasonable grasp of their subject but most of their information is derivative, with rather little evidence of critical thinking; should demonstrate fair organizational, rhetorical and presentational skills.
- (D) Demonstrate evidence of being able to assemble the bare minimum of information, poorly digested and not very well organized in presentation. Very little evidence of critical thinking.
- (F) Failure to complete a minimum level of assignments. Demonstrate evidence of poor knowledge and understanding of the subject, a lack of coherence and organization, and answers are largely irrelevant. Work fails to reach degree level.