American Economic History, 1910 to the Present
Winter 2020 - The best class I've taken at UCLA, and Dr. Hill is the best professor I've had at UCLA. Extremely interesting course content with extremely engaging lectures. Class readings were a few chapters out of a book as well as listening to an NPR Planet Money podcast. The readings were relevant and extremely engaging. I would without a doubt take this class again!
Prof. Urdank is a great professor who genuinely cares about his students. His lectures usually ran a bit long but were very interesting, he made sure to provide detailed outlines highlighting all the major topics covered in class, I found that all of the answers to his multiple choice questions from both midterm and final were straight from his class lectures (so take good notes), he responds quickly to emailed messages, he is willing to work with his students as long as they put forth the effort to do well, he even gave us a take home final because we asked nicely, he grades the term paper very generously, and overall, he is a very kind and likeable professor. When I took his Hist 141B class, I got a C- on the midterm because I studied the books instead of reviewing my notes. For the final, I made sure to study my lecture notes very thoroughly to prepare for my final essay and multiple choice questions and I ended up with a B+ in the class. So take my advice... take very good lecture notes, review your notes 3 or 4 times before each exam, and you should ace the class with no problem! I don't know what these other guys are talking about because Urdank is NOT hard at all... they obviously didn't take good notes or something because honestly, that is ALL you need to ace this class!
I had Prof. Yeager for the second half of the History of the American Economy, and overall the class was ok. Prof. Yeager was a very nice person, but the lectures were sometimes difficult to sit through. Our class consisted of weekly essays that made up the midterm and final, and two movie reviews. If you take her class, don't let her amiable nature lull you into a false sense of security because she's a pretty picky/difficult grader. As long as you show up to class (which is often difficult to do), and you work REALLY hard, you should be fine. Good luck!