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History of Mexico

Course Details

Course Number
Fall 2014
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

TR 11:00--12:30.

Dr. Harry P. Hewitt (view Profile)

Course Attachments


The Oxford History of Mexico
History text
Course Objectives

Students will study and be exposed to the princiiple topics in Mexican histroy from pre-hispanic times to the present. Topic will include the Native American; the Iberian; and African background; the conquest; Spanish administration; frontier expansion; the missions, mining, defense.

Mexican independence; the age of Santa Anna; the Reform; the Porfiriato; the 1910 Revolution; the rise and fall of PRI.

Students will achieve a clear, working understanding of the course of Mexican history.  They will be asked to demonstate the necesary skills by writing an organized essay exam, demonstrating an understanding of and explaining the historical significance of the important events. Students are expected to use critical thinking skills when discussing writen or oral presentaions. 

Students will take three (3) exams.

The students will write a typed 13 page paper, double spaced, unjustified margins, and end notes. Citations must be clear with page numbers and with complete bibliographic references. Bibliography and end notes do not count as a page. Students are expected to consult a wide range or resources and to reflect critical thinking skills and an understanding of the significance and interpretation of events.

Grading Standards

Exams are graded on an A to F format.

Term papers are given two grades: one reflecting the structure of the paper, and one the quality of the content in research and writing skills.

Final Exam 12/09/2014 01:00pm-03:00pm
Submission Format Policy

Students may chose the style manuel of their choice, but must be consistent.

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

Term papers are due December 4, 2014. They are considered late after that time and will be penalized one letter grade.

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

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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

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Attendance Requirements

Attendance is mandatory. Students with excessive absenses will be droped from the course.

Other Policies

Plagiarism Statement

By enrolling in this course the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The "limited right" shall include, but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purpose.

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

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