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HIST 157 History of US II

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Participation Counts

    Always Do the Reading

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    Oct 30, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This history is very organized and well taught by the professor. There is never a moment where I am confused about a term during this course. The professor requires a book, but you really don't need it. All you need is the list of ID Terms from the bookstore and you are golden! Overall, this class is a must-take if you ever attend Pierce College due to the fascinating events that you learn about.

    Course highlights:

    I learned numerous terms while taking this class, however most of them I remember. Of course, when you think about the history of the U.S., the first thing that comes to mind is Christopher Columbus. While learning that specific term, he asked many intriguing questions, such as: Who discovered the Americas? Columbus or the Natives? Is Columbus considered a hero or villain? These questions lead to a short extra credit essay that is 5 points, which is nice to have just in case all of your test scores come out bad. During the course, he gives almost 5 extra credit essays, which would add up to an extra 25 points to your grade. Overall, this is course has many highlights to it and is pretty much an easy A if you listen in class and do the extra credit work.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course requires a lot of memorization, therefore, buy lots of flash cards. It is easy to use flash cards while studying for this class because all you need to do is write the term and its definition/meaning then study it. In addition, also do the extra credit work. It may seem pointless, but it is actually very helpful to your grade. Overall, this is all you need to do to succeed.

    • Spring 2016
    • Vanneson
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Great Discussions
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    Sep 08, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This was a good class and you learn a lot, however it is a little boring. I found it hard to stay focused and take notes sometimes because I wasn't very interested. Apart from that however, Vanneson is a good teacher and helps you out. He is a funny guy with a heavy accent and is obviously passionate about his job.

    Course highlights:

    I did learn a lot more about history than I had before, including the Civil War. I didn't even know that during the Civil War, the south was democratic and the north republican, opposite of what it is today! Everything I learned was very unbiased, which is really good. You also are offered many extra credit opportunities to boost your grade, which is nice because the class isn't super easy.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention and show up! I noticed a lot of students skipping out on class, and they did terrible on the tests. You need to be there pretty much every day to get the notes to study for the tests. And on days you can't show up, it's good to have a partner to get the notes from. He has a list of ID terms that you need to fill out and memorize for all the tests, and not every term is on the test, but you need to know them all because they could be.

    • Spring 2016
    • Vanneson
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts
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    Dec 30, 2015
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Karavitis was incredibly knowledgeable on the history of the United States during the 1800s, and presented information in an in depth and dramatic way, with particular attention given to the Civil War and it's significant engagements.

    Course highlights:

    The Civil War was covered in rich detail and my understanding of the conflict was increased massively.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take quality notes and find a way to make the course material interesting and engaging for you when studying for tests.

    • Fall 2015
    • Karavitis
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Requires Lots of Research

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