Fall 2017 - 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.
Winter 2023 - Took this class in winter 2023, and it was Prof Waugh's first class back after taking a hiatus over the pandemic. I thought she was a really engaging lecturer, and even brought some civil war garb for students to try on one day in class. Class was 45% midterm and 55% final (I believe), and thought both exams were pretty straightforward — I got an A on both, ended with an A in the course. Hoping to take another class from her in the future!
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.