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What You Should Already Know

This is a foundation course, so there are no real prerequisites—just a desire to learn. It would also be helpful for you to have a general background in U.S. history. In addition, it is helpful to read Appendix A before you start this course. There are no assignments connected to it, but it gives you some background as to how the course is written.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this course stem from the state of Alaska’s standards for Alaskan History. The unit lessons throughout the course also tie back to these standards. The learning outcomes for the course are listed below:

Course Materials

This online course contains all of the material that you will need to successfully complete the course. However, an atlas will be helpful; places around the world, the United States, and of course, Alaska are referred to within the course.

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Each lesson in the unit will be followed by multiple-choice Self Check questions. They are designed to check your comprehension of the lesson you have just read and help prepare you for the Unit Quiz assignments and the final exam. You will not turn in your answers for these questions, and the answers will be provided. If you don’t understand one of the questions, or if you’re unsure about why a certain answer is correct, review the material for that lesson.

There will be a graded Unit Quiz assignment of twenty multiple-choice questions at the end of each unit. These computer-graded assignments count toward your final grade. They are designed to prepare you for the final exam, so study hard and pay attention to the types of questions you are being asked.

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Practice Exam

The Cumulative Review at the end of the course is your practice exam. It is essentially a graded Quiz assignment without any discussion material. The practice exam is designed to give you an idea of the type of questions that you will be asked on the final exam. The practice exam will also give you feedback on the questions you missed, including which lesson the question came from. If you miss a question on the practice exam or feel that you haven’t quite mastered the information, take some time to go back and study the lessons that you need more help with. It is better to take a few hours to review the practice exam than to complete it quickly and go right to the final exam.

Final Exam

The final exam is a comprehensive, graded, closed-book exam. It will contain about one hundred multiple-choice questions. You will not be able to take the final exam until you have submitted all the previous Quiz assignments. You will need to study the discussion questions, Self Check questions, Unit Quiz questions, and the practice exam to be fully prepared to take the final exam.

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Grade Percentage Breakdown
Unit 1 Quiz: Alaskan Geography 7%
Unit 2 Quiz: The History of Native Alaskans 7%
Unit 3 Quiz: The Russian Period 7%
Unit 4 Quiz: The District of Alaska 7%
Unit 5 Quiz: The Gold Rush 7%
Unit 6 Quiz: Alaska as a Territory 7%
Unit 7 Quiz: The Government of Alaska 7%
Unit 8 Quiz: Political, Economic, and Environmental Issues in Modern Alaskan History 7%
Unit 9 Quiz: Social Issues in Modern Alaska 7%
Practice Exam 7%
Final Exam (comprehensive) 30%

Grade Scale

A 100–93
A- 92–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–83
B- 82–80
C+ 79–77
C 76–73
C- 72–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–63
D- 62–60
E (fail) 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.


10 computer-graded assignments, 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.

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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.