I actually had Esha for Women Studies 10. She is an amazing professor! Not only is she adorable, but she is also extremely concerned, helpful, and sweet. She really gets into discussion during lecture, which makes the class a thousand times more interesting. She encourages everyone to participate, and even memorizes the names of those who do! She is very passionate about the subject matter, which personally, i found extremely interesting. There's a lot of readings, but most of them are pretty short and the ones that are long are fast reads because they're interesting, and, for the most part, pretty contemporary. She is the nicest lady ever; extremely approachable and very kind. I would definitely, 100% recommend this class to anyone, including guys. It's not difficult at all. The midterm is a breeze if you go over the study guide. It's very straightforward, simple, and short. They also grade fairly. The final is take home, and is pretty much formatted the same way as the midterm, just longer. I loved my TA, Jennifer Musto. So if you have the chance of having her, definitely take her! She's passionate, intelligent, and also really sweet. Although she posts the power points online, and even sends most of them straight to your email, I attended almost every lecture simply because I enjoyed Esha's stories and found the class interesting. The discussions can be hilarious, as are some of the stories Esha tells. She also shows great artwork and movie clips. Overall, great professor, great TAs, and great class! Definitely take it!
Fall 2023 - Dr. De is super sweet and approachable inside and outside of class. You will not feel intimidated at all when asking her questions for clarity about a prompt or asking for advice. The workload was very light but ofc it is an engcomp class so there's a lot of writing, but it was all spaced out well. Here is a breakdown of the 3 papers assigned (which you're given a few weeks to write ranging from 4-6 pages but tbh I ended up writing way more): 1. Paper One/Analytical Summary. Theme: Performing Female and Male Bodies 2. Paper Two/ Critical Argument. Theme: Undoing Gender and Performing Difference 3. Paper Three: Analytical Argument. Theme: Performing Internationalism and Race At times, I felt that her advice during the one-on-one conferences contradicted stuff she said previously during office hours, which confused me when I needed to edit my writing. I would recommend asking her to type some of her suggestions on Google Documents so you can refer back to them when editing your paper. List every suggestion and do them!! This will bump up your grade. Sometimes she can be quite blunt when giving criticism but I felt that it genuinely improved my writing. I enjoyed choosing our own prompts and her prompts were super interesting, helping me stay engaged in the class. Since there are around 20 people in the class, you can expect a lot of discussion on the paper topics but dw you're usually given time to come up with your answers before speaking. There is a grade rubric but I would prioritize improving your papers. since that takes up most if not your final grade. She is very passionate about student's success and learning in the class, and I highly respect that. She held good expectations for us and I could tell she saw great potential in every student, which I greatly appreciated. I loved taking this class!
Spring 2018 - Professor De is great at helping her students become better writers. At first, the assignments, (of which there are only a few), might seem challenging. However, if you put forth your best effort and ask for help when needed, there is no reason why you should not succeed in this class. I truly feel that I have developed a better ability to write a complex paper, which is a very good asset to have while writing in college, regardless of the class. What I particularly liked about the research paper assignment is that we were able to pick out our own topic, which made writing the paper much more enjoyable. I also enjoyed listening to all of the research paper presentations, as they were not only entertaining but also very informative. Overall, I would definitely recommend taking this class. You will become a better writer and will feel proud of what you have accomplished.
Spring 2020 - Dr. De was a really nice woman, and I'm overall pretty happy I took this as a writing II class. The material we learned wasn't necessarily the most interesting, but the fact that we were online made it much easier to sit through the 2 hour lectures. Mostly, the class is spent going through a Powerpoint, watching film clips, and discussing issues of diversity in the clips. You have to do some talking during class (as a warning). From a workload standpoint, the class is pretty easy as there are occasionally some readings and small assignments. Most of your grade is determined by a research presentation, followed by a research paper (12-13 pages) on the same topic. Dr. De lets you pick your own topic to research, so as long as you choose something that's somewhat interesting it isn't too much of a problem. Overall, really caring professor and a somewhat easier writing II class if you put in the effort.
I had women's studies 10 with her, and I definitely agree with the person below me. Although I had a different TA. I think her name was Rahle or something like that and she wasn't very effective, she didn't really seem to know what she was doing, and her accent made things very difficult to understand. She also gives out these weekly quizes on the readings, however I found out they aren't even graded. Very lenient grader though. Although my experience with my TA wasn't the best, it wasn't too bad either, interesting discussions in there, I would say definitely take this class, very interesting.