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HIST 202 History of the United States since 1865

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    Aug 29, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This professor made the class super inclusive.

    Course highlights:

    Videos. You learn a lot about other cultures as well as United Stated history and their involvement around the world.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study for tests and you'll have no problem

    • Winter 2016
    • Reid
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    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Jul 06, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Hall's lectures were always lengthy, not very engaging, and were constantly filled with pfff-topic tangents, which made taking notes much more difficult than necessary. There was no required textbook, so if you missed a day of class, you only had the option of reviewing the slides from his posted powerpoints. That being said, his posted powerpoints were also not very extensive or information-heavy, so reviewing for tests was difficult. He also didn't provide any type of study guide for the 60-question multiple choice lecture-based section of his midterms or final. Nor did he provide any type of direction for studying the excerpts from Voices of Freedom (which was another 30 multiple choice questions.) The only study guide or preparation we received for any of the exams was for the final's essay portion, which included 4 different prompts (only 2 of which were actually present on the final). Most of his multiple choice questions were oddly specific (as in specific numbers or dates or number of items, etc.) or were phrased vaguely to the point that two answers were both correct but one was "more correct" than the other.

    Course highlights:

    He shows clips of different eras (like WWI/WWII, the Vietnam War, roaring 20s, JFK speeches and assassination, etc.) during some of the lectures which were very engaging, but short. He also made the 2nd midterm a take-home exam, but still no one in the class got 100% on it due to the question's difficulties and specificities. I learned not to take a class solely for the purpose of taking the class with a friend--I should have stayed enrolled in my original professor's history class rather than switching into Hall's to be with my friend. He offered this not-actually-extra-credit project that would add up to an additional 50 points to your total grade (which would bring the point total from 350 up to 400 instead) and it was hardly worth the time to complete, since my grade would have literally remained the same had I completed it and gotten the full 50 extra points.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Write down/type literally everything that comes out of Hall's mouth--or try and record his lectures and then transcribe important points or notations he makes about certain slides. Read and re-read the excerpts from Voices of Freedom and highlight or take notes on them. Also, try and make a few study buddies in the class so you can compare or share notes with each other when someone misses a day of class, or so you can all study together for the exams.

    • Spring 2017
    • Hall
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