There are several ways to earn extra credit. You may attempt all. Extra credit is not required but may help to increase your final grade.

a) Atlas Exercises. In each section of the course, prior to the exam, there will be a set of atlas exercises for extra credit on topics relevant to the exam coverage. The extra credit exercises are found on the course homepage. The exercises are due no later than the printed due date. Points will be added to the exam grade at the end of the section according to the following formula:  
                                   100-90% correct          = 8 extra credit points
                                     89-80% correct           = 6 extra credit points
                                     79-70% correct           = 4 extra credit points
                                     69-60% correct           = 2 extra credit points
                                     59-50% correct           = 1 extra credit point  
           49- 0% correct or not submitted         = 0 extra credit points

Blue Scantron answer sheets will be distributed in class. NO Scantron sheet (or other form of answer sheet) will be accepted after the stated due date, no matter how valid your reason.

b) Geographic Essays. You have the option to submit for extra credit a maximum of five analytical essays from the “Thinking Geographically” (TG) section at the end of chapters 4-12. Only one discussion point may be selected from each TG box for the chapter selected. 

c) Other Forms of Extra Credit. A discussion paper, research paper or project of your choice may be used if approved in advance by Prof. Grande. Depending on the presentation of the topic, this extra credit option may add from 1-5 points to your final term average. NOTE: Proposals are due no later than April 16, 2019 and the work is due no later than May 14, 2019.

No Extra Credit will be accepted after May 14, 2019.
None will be accepted on the day of the final exam.


  1. Extra credit assignments are optional. Your final grade will not be adversely affected if you choose not to do them. The deadlines associated with them are firm. Late submissions will not be graded.
  2. Approval is required prior to beginning any extra credit research project. The topic of your extra credit research or discussion paper must be approved in advance to make sure the topic is manageable. Any student planning to do the research or discussion paper extra credit option must submit in writing a proposal with a justification showing your interest in the topic proposed and an outline of major points to be covered. It is important that your proposal be narrow in scope and focused on a topic.
  3. Neatness counts. All graded work must be typed, printed and presented neatly. On exams, if I cannot read your writing, it is wrong. Consult the Hunter College Reading and Writing Center for citation and bibliographic formats (
  4. Academic Dishonesty. Cheating and plagiarism are grounds for failure and disciplinary action by the College. Hunter College regards acts of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on examinations, obtaining unfair advantage, and falsification of records and official documents) as serious offenses against the values of intellectual honesty. The College is committed to enforcing the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty according to the Hunter College Academic Integrity Procedures. The Internet is a resource for information, NOT a source of verbatim script. Every person has a unique writing style and use of grammar. Do not cut and paste text found at an Internet web site into your write-ups, research paper or project without proper citation. Any assignment may be randomly scanned by a search engine seeking key words. Plagiarism comes with an automatic failure for the assignment and referral to the Dean of Students for appropriate action. Don’t do it!
Last updated January 15, 2019 .