Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History
Prof. Geary is a very learned man. he may come off as too intense, but the truth of the matter is, is that he takes his profession very seriously. Honestly, I appreciated the fact that he was hard on me. I think he is one of the best in the business (medieval history) and you can utilize that to your advantage if you are into Medieval history. I took him for the history of memory 97D course thinking it was going to be medieval history, but the department pulled a fast one and changed the subject. The material was extremely difficult as it was bordering on meta-history instead of your regular history course. However, Prof.Geary helped us understand the main points of the subject. He grades very generously, and I assume it was because of the course material. We did one Book Review, 1 historiographical paper ( this was the hardest paper I ever had to write in my LIFE) and a very easy research prospectus. There is no way in hell you can fail this class if you put some effort. I ended up with a B+, but i dont care. I appreciated the constructive critcism that Prof.Geary pointed out to me.
Winter 2019 - Nicole Gilhuis was a great professor. She structured her class in a way that made each session, although being a few hours long, different and easy to sit through. Grading was based on 3 weekly reading reviews of your choosing, class participation, and then the final paper. What I really liked about her class was that the final paper grade was broken up into sections, for example a primary source analysis and outline. This made me start working on my paper ahead of time, instead of the last day, and also gave me cushion just in case my final grade was not good, because she graded them relatively easily. Discussion is necessary so make sure you speak up and do most of the readings so your not embarrassed by having nothing to add when placed in a group! Gilhuis helped me to be a better writer, but she did this in a gentle way that did not use the threat of harsh grading as motivation. She was engaging, welcoming, funny, and a cool professor I would take again if I could.