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Foundations of Rhetorical Studies Grade Breakdown


Grades will be calculated use the 4.0 system for each category, and then weighted based on the chart below to determine an overall average for the final course grade. Each grade point represents the minimum threshold for that letter grade. For example, if you average a 3.5, you would end up with a B+, since the 3.7 of an A- was not achieved.

  • Attend all class sessions. Please note that, according to the university catalog, Chapman University “recommends as a minimal policy that students who are absent 20 percent of the course should be failed” (i.e., more than 6 seminar meetings).
  • The student is responsible for all administrative procedures: adds, drops, withdrawals, etc.
  • In order to achieve a specific letter grade, all requirements within that category must be met (see Appendix for the general evaluation rubric). A (+) or (-) designation indicates meeting some but not all of the requirements of a grading category (as established in evaluation rubrics). For example, if you met three of the requirements of an “A” composition, but two of a “B”, then the grade would be an A-. Conversely, meeting three requirements of the “B” category and two of the “A” would result in a B+.


A    4.0     93-100% (exceptional)
A-  3.7     90-92%
B+ 3.3     87-88%
B    3.0     83-86% (very good)
B-  2.7     80-82%
C+ 2.3     77-79%
C    2.0     73-76% (satisfactory)
C-  1.7     70-72%
D+ 1.3     67-69% (unsatisfactory)
D   1.0     63-66%
D-  0.7     60-62% (minimum passing)
F    0.0     0-59% (failing)


Scholarly Contribution               20%

Rhetorical Analysis                      15%

Article Review                                15%

Ideographic Tracing Project    40%

Final reflection                             10%