This class was tough.
African American Politics with Dr. Adogamhe stretches your intellectual capacity by necessitating the following: 1) researching of contemporary American political issues, 2) voicing personal opinion on today's American political figures, 3) the study of the foundation of American government, 4) partaking in intelligent conversation about articles, books, and different sources of media, 5) understanding the importance of history as it pertains to today's political discussions. Going into this course, I wish I knew how important it was to focus on cultivating my ability to read subject matter and speak about it clearly and effectively. He assigns every student to read and report on an article concerning current American political issues each week. I wish I had put more effort into being able to report on these issues to the class. Knowing all the information in the world isn't useful if you don't know how to clearly and eloquently express it to others. He stresses this aspect of the class.
The highlight of this course were the numerous discussions that we had in class. Every class was essentially a discussion that was guided by both the students and Dr. Adogamhe. Through these discussions, I learned the value of being able to express my ideas clearly, the importance of knowing the history behind the topics you are discussing, and the value of getting to know your professors personally. I was able to learn for more from Dr. Adogamhe than many other students in my class were because I took the time to get to know him by staying after class and asking questions, I picked his brain about his past and his education, and I took interest in his personal interests as they pertained to the class.
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Advice for students:
Get to know Dr. Adogamhe on a personal level. He is incredible intelligent, and above all else wants to see you leave his class being a more worldly person than you were before you took it. He is an incredible resource and is well connected in his field.