American Popular Culture
Fall 2022 - This class was an enjoyable and insightful overview into American Popular Culture. I gained plenty of valuable insights into areas of APC that I hadn't previously explored, which is saying a lot as an American history nerd. Dr. Avila is a great lecturer who is extremely accommodating to his students. Even during the TA strike (which did impact the class somewhat), he not only demonstrated solidarity with our peers but was able to continue teaching the class in a productive fashion. There are two exams, a midterm (40%) and a final (60%). The midterm consisted of two parts: an ID section and a short essay. I'd say that both tests were fair, but you'll definitely need to study. The reading is manageable if you pace yourself, but if you cram, you'll likely retain little of the concepts and understanding needed to pass this course.
Winter 2021 - Please disregard any positive reviews about this Professor. If you want to save your grades, do not take this class. Just don’t do it. I don’t know how her grade distribution looks good when in reality you will be crying due to stress. If you want to ask her a question, get ready to be called a moron or yelled at. I honestly think Corey has mental issues. Not only are her lectures unbelievably grim to watch, but they do not help you answer the prompts on the midterm/final. Because it is so unclear as to what tf is actually going on, even if you write a perfect essay, her readers or even Corey herself will nitpick the living day-lights out of your paper. So, if I could save even one person from taking this class, don’t do it. Just don’t.