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HUM 202: Survey of Western Culture II - 3 Credits
Professor: Arnold Bradford


In this course, you will learn about the eras of the humanistic tradition, as defined in the class schedule; The locations and significance of the great centers of the humanistic tradition; and the key forms and ideas in the arts, music, philosophy and literature of each era. You will learn to recognize and interpret major individual works, and to draw correlations between art forms, eras and civilizations.

You will learn by reading, writing, discussing ideas with me and your classmates asynchronously and synchronously, visiting a museum, and taking tests.  This learning process will rquire a substantive and regular commitment of time, commeasurate with an academic college course at the second year level.  Please make sure to reserve several hours of study and work time each week to assure that you will complete the course successfully. 

What you learn in this course will benefit you by broading your factual knowledge, but more importantly by allowing you to see great human achievements is their fuller perspectives, and to understand yourself and your humanity more fully.




If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  • Know the eras of the humanistic tradition, as defined in the class schedule.
  • Recognize the key forms and ideas in the arts, music, philosophy and literature of each era.
  • Recognize and interpret major individual works.
  • Draw correlations between genres, eras and civilizations.




Your course grade will be determined according to the following points:

Online Postings
3 Exams 30
Museum Report 10

Grading Scale
90 - 100 %
80 - 89 %
70 - 79 %
60 - 69 %
Below 60 %



There are 3 exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect Empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.



ELI Policies and Procedures

  This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me when they do:

E-mail : abradford@nvcc.edu
Telephone :
(703) 450-2628
You may also call me to schedule a meeting in person, either at ELI or my office at Loudoun Campus. 


Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://nvcc.my.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.