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HISTORY 221 US History to 1877

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    Travis Ricketts, Dr.Travis Ricketts
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    Always Do the Reading

    A Few Big Assignments

    Great Intro to the Subject

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    • Profile picture
    Mar 27, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I took this class as an online class. I found this course to be a fascinating and thorough way to learn US History from its earliest stages through Reconstruction. I've taken classes from various colleges and in numerous settings. This class was quite possibly the most challenging I've encountered. Dr. Ricketts is a tremendously knowledgeable professor. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone interested in really knowing US history and able to put in the hard work.

    Course highlights:

    A definite highlight of the course for me was the "textbook." The "textbook" is comprised of original sources. You aren't just reading about the Mayflower Compact or the Founding Fathers, you're reading the Mayflower Compact and speeches or circulations written by the Founders.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to read. A lot. And if you are not used to an older style of writing, it'd be good to prepare yourself there too. I found that Dr. Ricketts really does test on what you were expected to read, so make sure you do your best to get through all the material. Also, if you take it as an online class make sure to be there for the chats.

    • Summer 2010
    • Dr.Travis Ricketts
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Feb 15, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course. It is very reading heavy, but it offers an excellent overview of American History after the Civil War. It is also an excellent opportunity to improve your writing skills.

    Course highlights:

    The journal articles to write your papers from were extremely informative and allowed you to think deely about the issues at stake.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    DO THE READING!!! He picks out very small things from the reading to put on the test. I did take the online version and the tests were open book because he couldn't really regulate that. But even so, do the reading! His expectations on the papers were extremely clear but you must follow them to the letter to get a good grade. Overall he is a very fair grader and and an excellent Prof.

    • Spring 2016
    • Dr.Travis Ricketts
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Jan 18, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The class is rigorous, but not impossible. Ricketts is an enjoyable teacher.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a more detailed explanation of U.S. History.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention, do the work, do the reading, don't slack off, and you'll do great.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dr.Travis Ricketts
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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