Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics: Parties on Ground: Nominations for U.S. House of Representatives
Winter 2022 - I was really excited to take a seminar style class. The topic is niche and very interesting, however the 3 hour long class structure without having any form of lesson plan besides large group dialogue was taxing and boring. The class is composed of a few short quiz grades, and then 3 papers written throughout the quarter. Professor Zaller is VERY kind and offered me great feedback on all of my assignments. I could tell he read my work carefully. Having the personal connection to a professor through a seminar is so beneficial, and I enjoyed listening to Professor Zaller, who had endless wisdom on politics. I wish some of the assignments were less ambiguous and had more instructions. Professor Zaller does not follow the syllabus verbatim, and the changing of deadlines was difficult sometimes. I would take a class with Professor Zaller again, but would only take this class if I was really interested in the topic and was willing to speak up and engage in conversation.