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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning Outcomes

Washington state history is very dynamic. So much of what we call United States History was caused by or was directly affected by the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. It is important for anyone living in the region to know and understand the impact Washington State has had on the world.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Identify why Washington State has been essential to the growth of the U.S. and its influence on the world.
  2. Describe current issues in Washington State and discover their roots in past actions.
  3. Identify contributions of pioneers of many races who have made Washington State what it is today.

Course Materials

Everything you need for this course is contained in the course. It would be wise know of some websites that provide good maps of the United States and the Pacific Northwest.

Other Resources

There is a course discussion board at the end of the course, as well as a course wiki. The discussion board is designed for students to connect, discuss course-related matters, and share ideas with each other. The wiki is designed for the instructor to post information that may provide enrichment or relevant information for the course to the students.

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This course has 11 computer-graded quizzes that will count toward 55 percent of your grade. There is one quiz at the end of each unit and two cumulative reviews to check your understanding of the course as a whole.

Each lesson also has a Self Check quiz to help you check your understanding. These quizzes do not count toward your grade but will help you prepare for the unit quizzes, which do count toward your grade.

There is also a portfolio submission project that is worth 20 percent of your grade. Each unit has one or more portfolio assignments that will need to be completed and saved. Once you have all of the portfolio assignments completed, you will then submit your portfolio. All of these assignments will be graded by the instructor.

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There is one final exam consisting of about 50 multiple-choice computer-graded questions. Your final exam will be worth 25 percent of your grade.

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Grades will be based on the following percentages:

Assignment Percentage of Grade
Unit 1 Quiz 5%
Unit 2 Quiz 5%
Unit 3 Quiz 5%
Unit 4 Quiz 5%
Cumulative Review 1 5%
Unit 5 Quiz 5%
Unit 6 Quiz 5%
Unit 7 Quiz 5%
Unit 8 Quiz 5%
Unit 9 Quiz 5%
Portfolio Submission 20%
Cumulative Review 2 5%
Final Exam 25%
Grade Scale
A 100%–94% C 76%–74%
A- 93%–90% C- 73%–70%
B+ 89%–87% D+ 69%–67%
B 86%–84% D 66%–64%
B- 83%–80% D- 63%–60%
C+ 79%–77% E 59%–0%

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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.


11 computer-graded unit quizzes and 1 instructor-graded portfolio, may be resubmitted once for a fee.


1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass 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 or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at 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 or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.