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    Feb 03, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course was a good introduction to the history of Latin America with most of the focus being on Hispanic countries and some introduction to Brazil. It is useful to learn about this history as it is greatly tied to U.S. history since the U.S. was extremely involved in the Latin American economy for several hundred years. We learned to analyze historical articles as well which was practical and useful. The exams were not difficult as long as you came to class and took notes. If you make a google doc study guide with some people, it will be easy for you.

    Course highlights:

    The course was mainly lecture-based but had a group discussion component every Friday which made it enjoyable. We had a final paper which many people thought was graded harshly, but as long as you pay attention in class, it is an easy A.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be sure to make a google doc with other students in your class. Dr. Jefferson always gave a study guide (which we had to fill out) and the list of the essay questions that would be on the exam (about 2-3 handwritten pages). As long as you take notes, go to class, and study, you will do well. Dr. Jefferson is open to discussion and I would recommend this class for a new take on history to evaluate the U.S. involvement in Latin America.

    • Spring 2016
    • Ann Jefferson
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Sep 11, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The rooms are pretty small in Hess, but the location of Hess is great. It's near all of my classes. I really like Dippers and the POD market; it's really convenient. I don't mind community style, but I don't really like it.

    Course highlights:

    But everyone here is really friendly and I like how I met people living near me and got to know them pretty well! It is co-ed, but the guys are on the other side of the building, so it doesn't really feel that co-ed to me. Overall.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I just have to live with it. I am really hoping to get an apartment for sophomore year. it's really not the worst housing but there are definitely better options.I am not in greek life myself, but it is pretty big on campus.

    • Fall 2011
    • Adsit
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Sep 10, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The teaching styles of many professors makes it hard to learn, and a lot of them are horrible about posting grades, so it takes a lot of time and effort to figure out grades. However, many professors are willing to curve grades in order to help the students who may not have done so well on assignments.

    Course highlights:

    I never had any issues while living on campus. My dorm was close to classes and I never felt unsafe there. Everyone was pretty friendly and our RA was always willing to help.Camus itself is pretty safe. As a woman on campus, I have walked alone at night across campus and never felt unsafe.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I don't have much knowledge or will to know about Greek life. I've never been interested in sorieties and I know the people that try to be a part of them, and I'm just not interested. I've find my own group of people and don't need Greek life to make friends.

    • Fall 2010
    • Alex Zablah
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments

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