Western Heritage in a Global Context

General Education

Expectations and Grading


Eckerd College has certain basic expectations of students taking Human Experience: Then and Now.  In the discussion sections of the course, these basic expectations are that students will attend class regularly and arrive on time, come well prepared to every class, complete all the work with the proper care and thought, and treat everyone in the classroom with respect.  In the lectures, these basic expectations are that students will attend all lectures, sit quietly and listen attentively and respectfully throughout the lecture, and take notes on the material if appropriate.  Please note that the doors to the auditorium will be locked once a lecture has begun to keep latecomers from interrupting the lecturer or the other students.


For purposes of assigning a grade in the course, each professor will weigh your work, as a student in the course, approximately as follows:

1/3 participation in the course (includes oral presentations)
1/3 written assignments (includes information technology proficiency)
1/3 examinations (1/2 of your examination grade is a common final exam)

Students must pass each of the three components of the course.

The exam component of your grade will be based upon section-specific quizzes and tests.  The final exam is a “common” exam (all sections take the same exam) and is cumulative over the semester.  The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 at 8:00 AM.  There is no make-up or alternative exam.  Do not make plans to leave early for winter break.  

The basis on which your work will be judged will differ slightly among various faculty members, but will be guided by the following three considerations:

  1. Evidence that you have read the assigned readings, heard the lectures, and understand the points being expressed.
  2. Evidence of your improved abilities to communicate, both orally and in writing, in a clear, organized, and coherent manner.
  3. Evidence that you have gone beyond merely learning the facts and viewpoints presented in the course materials, have thought about and reflected on the ideas presented, and have synthesized your analysis of the materials.

Each faculty member will further elaborate on his or her individual grading policy.  An early, clear understanding of the evaluation criteria and the professor's expectations of student performance will help to avoid later unhappiness and disappointment.

Attendance and participation at both lectures and discussions is an absolute necessity.  The Human Experience faculty each will have a clearly stated attendance policy.  Attendance will be an important factor in determining the final course grade.

What is WHGC?

Western Heritage in a Global Context (known as WHGC) will engage some of the influential works and ideas of Western civilization in a conversation with important works of non-Western civilizations. We will also listen to voices that have often gone unrecognized in traditional Western Civilization courses. What we envision is a journey through time that creates cross-cultural communication and allows students to consider alternatives to the received wisdom of their own culture.