Javier Patino Loira
Winter 2023 - My expectations for this class were absolutely exceeded. I came into this class with no previous knowledge of Spanish history and little desire to learn about it (I took it as a GE). However, Professor Patino Loira's passion for the subject and his students is contagious. His organizational skills and professionalism throughout the course were by far the best I've seen of any professor at UCLA thus far. Though the course was content-heavy, Professor always made time for insightful, collaborative conversation and lifted the mood by throwing in funny examples and jokes. The weekly readings and essays were often long but extremely interesting and applicable to the course. The exams (short-answer and essay questions) were not difficult as long as you knew the basics of the topics on the study guide. I would highly recommend this professor and class to anyone needing to fulfill a GE or major requirement, even if Spanish history doesn't sound interesting to you!