American Fiction since 1945
Fall 2022 - I really like the professor, as he is super helpful and is very flexible when it comes to deadlines and assignments. But as someone who loves in class discussion, I wish this class had more of it. Attendance and participation was worth 30% of our grade (3 one page assignments were also included in the grade for participation), however we weren't really ever given a chance to participate or contribute a lot. So if you don't like speaking in class, this one is for you. But other than that, the class essentially consisted of the professor assigning reading, and then going over slides with his own interpretation + historical background. As someone who loves history that was my favorite part of the course. But all in all, if you put some effort in, and do the readings for the 2 essays, this class should be super easy.
Spring 2019 - Prof Underwood is very nice and grades fairly easily, but in this class, she has timed writing for the midterm and final. These are easily upwards of 10 pages of timed writing, and while it is not hard to obtain a good grade, it can be grueling. If you are used to writing papers out of class, it will be a rude awakening. I only mark this as a major complaint simply because the class would be vastly more enjoyable without a load of timed writing, which is not a useful or applicable skill. However! If you prefer getting all of your writing done all at once in an exam, this will be perfect for you. Out of class, readings are fun, light, and easy to understand. The singular term paper is also easy enough to complete, though don't expect your prompt options to be very broad, or to be able to choose your own topic.