Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This was my favorite course I took at UO! Although it was intimidating to be a freshman in a 400/500 level class, only having taken one art history class before, the nerves quickly slipped away as I realized that I was doing something I sincerely enjoyed with a professor that I really look up to. Throughout the class I was constantly assured that not only was I gaining information on a new subject, my comprehension and research skills were improving as well.
One of the best things about this course is the way that Dr. Hurwit lectures. He is extremely knowledgeable on the subject and has a way of explaining the material that makes it incredibly interesting to listen to. One of the highlights of this course for me was the term paper. Again, being just a second term freshman in a 400 level class with graduate students, I was naturally clueless as to how to write a term paper or what I should write about. I aimlessly emailed my professor with the idea to write about the metopes on the Temple of Zeus at Olympia and he requested that I be more specific. In the end I wrote about the role of Athena as the patron goddess on the metopes, and how she herself matures throughout Herekle's labors along with Herekles himself. I have never been more nervous than when I finally got my paper back weeks later. I frantically flipped to the back page to find an A, circled with a note by Dr Hurwit explaining that my paper introduced an idea that he himself had never considered before, and he thanked me. This was probably one of my proudest academic moments ever, let alone the highlight of the course! I guess the biggest lesson that this class taught me is that you should never try to limit yourself when going after something you love to do.
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Advice for students:
Go to class!!! 3/4 of the art history classes I took at UO were lecture based, without any text material on the slides, just images. In order to be successful you need to go to every class and be an attentive notetaker. After every class I would take out my messy handwritten notes and transcribe them onto a word document which I then used to create image slides with all the important information on them. If you do find yourself stuck, don't be afraid to email Dr. Hurwit and visit him during office hours! if there is anything I would have done differently it would have been to make more of an effort to speak with him throughout the term.