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ENGL 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ENGL 19
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ENGL 19
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GENDER M107A
Studies in Women's Writing Full Profile > 2.5 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness
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GENDER M107A
Studies in Women's Writing See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.3

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ENGL M107A
American Women Writers See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 1.7 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.7

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oh my goodness, enrolling in Special topics in womens studies (M107) with Rowe was one of the worst mistakes I have made thus far academically. The readings she assigns are great works, but reading them with her is horrible. She reads out loud in a very high-pitched shrill voice, and jumps around at the front of the class while waving her arms all about to make minute points. She also makes these strange moaning noises whenever she complains about something, which is often. In a large lecture, She even has a seating chart, and makes sure to pick on students during class to answer questions, some of which are irrelavent to the course like "what is your worse fear in life?" so there is no way you can even try to doze off, because she might call on you and put you on the spot. She only gives about a 5 min breaks in between two hour classes and never wraps up her lectures on time. The class is definitely unorganized, and it is very unfair that this class is even considered a women's studies class when it focuses entirely on a style of writing she prefers. It is honestly a waste of time, and money for the quaility of teaching Rowe provides. She is a very annoying, in your face, type of person, so if you would like to spare yourself a quarter of unpleasant experiences. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH ROWE.

(Jan. 31, 2011)
GENDER M107C
Special Topics in Women and Literature See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 3.2

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ENGL 143
Milton See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.6

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A compassionate woman but a HORRIBLE professor.

No one ever walks away from her class with a failing grade so long as they make a truly genuine effort. She’s amongst the dying population of professors that will spend so much time with any student crying for clarification or help; Prof. Rowe willingly prints her home phone number on the syllabus. I’ve always sought her out during office hours or arranged appointments where we’d sit until my plate was clear. Her teaching skills however are nowhere as stellar…

In class, her notes and lectures are so haphazard!! Yabbering at the speed of light, she spews her information and expects everyone present to have absorbed and digested it fully. In an age of retirement, chalk etchings are ALL OVER THE BOARD, following her streamline flow of thought. With this tactic, taking her for Milton made it all the more hellish. From outdated references and allusions to handouts that can mean little to nothing, I found myself Googling everything for clarification.

Her tests sent nearly everyone to death row:-P They consisted of inquiries about the most minute and meaningless of details. Unless you had the text downloaded into your brain, good luck!

(Aug. 17, 2010)
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ENGL 151
Elizabethan Literature See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.3 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.8

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I am a transfer student who took her Eng151 Milton Class in Winter 2014 and received an A- in the class.
I'll make this quick.
Rowe's class was the hardest class I ever took.
I went to every editing/revising session because otherwise I would've gotten a B or C.
I pretty much wrote down every word she said because it WOULD be on the midterm/final.
There were super long and tedious in class exams for both the midterm and final, as well as long take home essays.
However she's an excellent teacher and you really do learn about Milton.

(June 17, 2014)
ENGL 152
Literatures of English Renaissance and Early Modern Period See Full Profile

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GENDER M166
Women in Socialist and Post-Socialist States See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 3.0

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She is ok. She's all over the place, and can be super vague and hard to follow. The work load is intense, and she'll pass out handouts or guidelines that take forever to decipher as to what she wants you to do. She will say one thing and then want another. I ended up with a B in her class after working really hard, and I consider myself to be a good student. If you don't want to work hard, don't take her class! There is no real structure to follow to be successful in her class, so good luck! She does care about her students. She sets up discussion groups to go over midterms, essays, and finals. However, even in those discussions she is everywhere and impossible to follow as to what her expectations are.

(Feb. 18, 2011)
ENGL 180
Specialized Studies in Literature See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.7

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I loved this seminar! (Ancestors womens voices) highly recommend. I enjoyed Karen as well as she gives great feedback, and a wonderful atmosphere in which to delve into something more personal. Balances well with my other classes. So happy I took this. Lots of room for the creative, so if you lean this way or are curious--please take this seminar.

(March 31, 2009)
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