Joan Waugh

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HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.0

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To be frank, if you need to take a 97 seminar, I would suggest picking a different professor. Waugh assigns one page single spaced papers, which is essentially three to four pages double spaced, every single week. You have to read hundreds of pages for these one page papers every week, and it gets exhausting. When she grades these papers she is very nit-picky and grades very hard on them. Even if you hit all the points and understand the themes of the reading, and give a good analysis she will find something to dock points off your essay, such as word choice or very minor grammatical issues. I've never gotten an A or A- on any of the papers and she never gives you clear guidelines on the grading criteria. If you want to go to graduate school or law school, and need to keep a high GPA, I would suggest another professor.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
HIST 139A
U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.1

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I have taken Professor Waugh twice. She is my favorite professor at UCLA to date. Her Civil War and Gilded Age classes demand a lot of reading, class attendance and keeping of very accurate notes. But she gives you what you need to get the job done. Her grading is tough. I am an A student who has not gotten better than a B+ from her, but I would take her class again in a heartbeat. History majors, minors or fans of US History should not miss the chance to study with her. Be prepared and work a little harder, you can rest on your laurels in another class!

(Winter Quarter 2018)
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HIST 139B
U.S., 1875 to 1900 See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.0

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139B

Excellent professor. She makes the gilded age an exciting time period to study. Always finishes lectures right on time. Highly recommend!

(June 11, 2013)
HIST 147B
American Social History, 1860 to 1960 See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.6

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Professor Waugh is simply amazing. Her lectures, with few exceptions, were outstanding; especially the lecture on baseball. That they are always full (unlike most history lectures) is indicative of their quality. She is one of the few professors to successfully integrate outside media into her lectures, possibly because her ego is not so large as to preclude admitting the validity of outside sources. I would definitely recommend her.

(March 21, 2003)
HIST 189
Advanced Honors Seminars Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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HIST 189
Advanced Honors Seminars See Full Profile

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HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S. See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.9 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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HIST 246B
Introduction to U.S. History: 1790 to 1900 See Full Profile

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