HUM, PHL, REL Online Classes

Orientation Sessions for these classes are recorded by the instructor and are available in the course's entry page or in the Tegrity Classes link.

You may preview these orientations by clicking the links below. You may be prompted to install Microsoft Silverlight to view these orientations.

HUM 101/102 Introduction to Humanities
PHL 106 Introduction to Philosophy and PHL 206 Ethics in Society
PHL 210 Ethics in the Health Sciences
REL 101i Survey of Church History
REL 152i Survey of the New Testament 

About Registration and Viewing your classes: Students who register for Web based classes will be able to access their courses by the first or second day of class. You may log in to the course after that. Students who receive financial aid MUST login at that time and complete at least one assignment to have their attendance “verified.”

Login URL:  

For Courses taught by John Richter, Kristofer Roberts, Michael Sparks, and Dr. Andrew Ball:

The login page contains info about determining your User Name and Password.  If you have difficulty with your user name/password contact the Help Desk.

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If you cannot reach Blackboard Support contact the department chair at Be sure to give your full name, student number, the course name and number, and the reference number.

Blackboard has extensive online help and that help is contextual. The course syllabus is on the homepage of each course. It contains instructions, grading systems, and requirements. Please use the internal "mail" to contact your instructor with grade issues or other personal concerns. Use the "discussions" board to note a problem or ask a question about the course.

What are the Humanities? Intro to Humanities is the study of the things that make us better humans! Our culture, art, music, philosophy, religion, literature, architecture, and other things presented in a historical context.

Frequently Asked Questions and policies for Online HUM courses
Do I have to take HUM 101 before HUM 102? The course descriptions state that 101 should be taken first and if you are taking both it is better. But if you are only taking one course it doesn't really matter. 101 starts with the ancient world and ends with the 14th century. 102 starts with the Renaissance and continues till the present. If you take 102 without taking 101 you will need to review Greek and Roman architecture as Renaissance architecture is based on those "classical" models.

The Schedule: Online sections of HUM 101 and 102 are self paced. Begin working as soon as you log in to the course. There is one specific cutoff for all work to be done. This is posted on the home page of the course and is usually during exam week. All work must be done and submitted by that time. No exceptions - no excuses!

Testing: There are three tests plus a final. The final is comprehensive and drawn from the other tests. The student gets two attempts at each test. All testing must be completed by the cutoff date. Testing is either all matching or a combination of matching multiple choice. Tests are timed and answers "scramble."

Assignments: Both courses offer a number of assignments which are mostly web based. These assignments offer the chance to earn from 3 to as many as 15 points each. You do not have to do all assignments but should plan to do as many as is necessary to get the grade you want. All assignments are submitted thru the "assignments" module. You can save incomplete assignments within Blackboard so you need not carry your work around using a CD/floppy/jump drive. Any assignment that is submitted incomplete will receive less than full credit.

Grading: All grades are "added," not averaged and tests add up to about 80 possible points. There are more than forty points possible in "assignments."

Online sections in Philosophy differ in scheduling and content. Be sure to check the syllabus for a schedule of what your teacher expects and when it is expected. Most Philosophy and Religion classes require reading and writing responses. Some classes use graded discussions.