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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

The main purpose of this course is to help you gain a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the history of the great State of New Mexico. This course is designed to cover all of the core standard requirements for students as prescribed by the state of New Mexico. This course will help broaden your perspective and view of your state, country, and of what surrounds you in new ways. Here are some of the main things you will learn to do:

  1. Analyze the key themes, ideas, and beliefs that championed New Mexico’s struggle and eventual success in achieving statehood.
  2. Analyze the role and impact of New Mexico and New Mexicans on World War II.
  3. Analyze the impact of the arts, sciences, and technologies of New Mexico since World War II.
  4. Compare and contrast the relationships over time of Native American tribes in New Mexico with other cultures.
  5. Analyze New Mexico’s geographic, economic, social, and political factors that impact Lessoned States and world history.
  6. Analyze perspectives that shape historical knowledge and structure.
  7. Describe the ways historians study the past.
  8. Explain connections between the past and present and their impact.

Course Materials

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Course Organization

There are 5 units in this course made up of Self Checks, Writing Activities, and Discussion Board interactions. A final exam concludes the course.


Each unit follows a specific format. At the beginning of each unit, you will see a list of outcomes. These are the main concepts you will learn in that unit. As you complete each unit, it is a good idea to look back and make sure you have accomplished and understood all of the lessons.

Each unit will have a few different types of assignments that are designed to evaluate how well you have learned the information presented. Some of these will occur with every unit, while others will occur at regular intervals throughout the course.


Self Checks

At various points throughout each unit, you will have the opportunity to complete Self Check questions. These questions are designed to prepare you for the Unit Quiz assignments and the final exam. These questions are to help you test your understanding of the material.

You can keep track of your progress in Gradebook as you complete each set of Self Check questions. These exercises do not count toward your final grade. If you miss several of these questions, however, make sure you go back and review the course material before continuing to the next lesson in the unit.

Unit Quizzes

Unit Quizzes are computer-graded assignments; they are graded multiple-choice tests that will ask you questions about what you have learned. Make sure that you have carefully read the discussion material before starting each Unit Quiz assignment.

You will submit the Unit Quiz assignments at the end of each unit. These assignments consist of 20 multiple-choice questions that will test your understanding of the lessons and concepts learned in each unit. These assignments do count toward your course grade.

Writing Portfolios

You will also be submitting several writing activities that will be graded. Instead of turning in each individual assignment, however, you will submit several written assignments in two different portfolios. These portfolio submissions follow unit 2 and unit 5. In Portfolio Submission 1, you will submit all of the writing assignments from units 1 and 2. In Portfolio Submission 2, you will submit all of the writing assignments from units 3 to 5.

Remember: Do not submit any assignment until you have completed all of the assignments for the portfolio!

Portfolio checklists are provided to help you make sure that you correctly submit all of the assignments needed for each portfolio. Submitting an incomplete assignment may result in a failing grade for that assignment. Please check your portfolios carefully before you submit them to be sure you have all of the necessary assignments!

When these assignments are returned to you, pay special attention to the comments and feedback and use it to help you succeed in future assignments.

Discussion Board

This course includes Discussion Board activities for you to discuss topics relevant to the course, and your participation will be graded. In the course resources folder, there is also a more general Discussion Board where you can discuss anything relevant to the course. There is also a course wiki where your instructor may post information to increase your knowledge of course content.

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Final Exam

Your final exam may be taken when all of your other assignments have been submitted. Remember to be prepared when you take your final.

The final exam is worth 18 percent of your grade and consists of about 80 questions that will cover all of the concepts learned in the course. Five of the questions will be in essay format.

To prepare for the final exam, review all of the Self Check and Unit Quiz questions as well as the Writing Activities. Questions on the final exam will cover the readings in the book, key terms, activities, Discussion Board content, and the main concepts discussed in each unit.

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The following chart outlines how each assignment will impact your grade.



% of Grade

5 Unit Quizzes
1 multiple-choice assignment at the end of each unit.
Discussion Boards
Write and respond intelligently to other students about course content
Portfolio Submissions
Written assignments throughout the course which will be submitted to and graded by your instructor
Final Exam
1 comprehensive exam at the end of the course (75 multiple-choice questions; 5 instructor-graded essay questions).

Grade Scale

Your grade will come from the combined percentage of your assignments and final exam according to this scale:

A 94–100% C 74–76%
A– 90–93% C– 70–73%
B+ 87–89% D+ 67–69%
B 84–86% D 64–66%
B– 80–83% D– 60–63%
C+ 77–79% E (Fail) 0–59%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Five computer-graded unit quizzes and five written assignments (two portfolio submissions), may be resubmitted once for a fee; five discussion board assignments, one submission only (cannot be resubmitted).


One proctored final exam contains computer-graded and instructor-graded written questions; may retake once for a fee. All assignments must be submitted before requesting the final exam. You must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to Contact Independent Study or your instructor.

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.