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Salway helps his students however he can. Regardless if your opinion doesn't make sense during lecture, he tries to get you to elaborate and make your opinion seem reasonable and logical. He always holds office hours and makes sure you leave lecture and office hours without any confusion. The BEST professor at UCLA.
He's a kind and fun professor and even though I don't typically enjoy early American literature, he made his lectures entertaining. He's young, cares about his students (catch him always nodding in an encouraging way after you make a comment), and always throws in some jokes. The reading seems like a lot at first glance, but it's very doable since there is no exam, you just choose a couple works to write papers on towards the middle and end of the class. He isn't a harsh grader, and pretty flexible. If you need an extension, definitely ask. I would definitely recommend taking him whether you're an English major or not, but especially for those early English Lit requirements! Also, most of his assigned readings can be found online for free.
Outstandingly funny and understanding, you won't regret this class. It is a bit on the easier side, because of the format (lots of long-form class discussions, not a lot of actual work), but I legitimately learned more this way. Took this class during the initial BLM outrage around the death of George Floyd, and he was wildly respectful of students and emotions around this issue, even allowing us to express it during class. He has a good handle on balancing academics and real life.
Fair warning, if you ask for letters of rec, he is unlikely to help you with one…I took 2 classes with Prof. Salway and received an A+ in both (plus going to office hours and participating in class), and he still did not respond to my request for an LoR. I am happily now at Harvard for grad school, so I’m thankful it worked out, but I would not say Salway is a good bet for someone to vouch for you.