Michael Colacurcio

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ENGL 166
20th-Century British Fiction See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.1 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.7

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Prof. Colacurcio is really knowledgable about his field, doubtless, but unless you have an insatiable passion for hundreds of pages of Puritan thoughts on religion, do not take his class. He is one of the driest lecturers I have ever listened to and despite his protests that he has never mumbled a day in his life, there are many things that he says for only his podium to hear. His dry sense of humor does alleviate some of the boredom, though.

If, however, you find yourself stuck taking his class (as I was), it's nothing to be concerned about. You can easily get an A without doing any of the reading if you take thorough notes in lecture. I did. Write down even the random things he says that seem irrelevant, because they sometimes pop up as trick questions on quizzes. His quizzes are fairly easy as long as you write down what he says in class and go to his review sessions. He's a pretty easy grader on the papers and the final.

(Dec. 29, 2011)
ENGL 166A
Colonial Beginnings of American Literature See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professor Colacurcio is an outstanding professor. This man is a GRADUATE level professor. The students complaining on this page are just upset that he is not holding their hands every single day. He is very clear and helpful. He is teaching undergraduate level with the excellency of his graduate level knowledge. These 22 year old students just want to be guided because they do not know how to be independent.

(Fall Quarter 2013)
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ENGL 166B
American Literature, 1776 to 1832 Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ENGL 166B
American Literature, 1776 to 1832 See Full Profile

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ENGL 166C
American Literature, 1832 to 1865 See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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Do NOT take classes with Colacurcio. If you can avoid him, do so. The class might as well be called "Emerson's entire collection." If you're into that, congrats. Colacurcio would probably give Emerson a handy if he could. But if you wanted like other authors??like it's not happening. He assigns other readings but doesn't go into as much detail as he does with the Emerson readings - which are pain in the ass.
His quizzes (Three quizzes with average 80+ True/False questions) are hard as shit. He had to make them take-home bc my class was so bad at them, but he usually gives 15-20 mins to answer them in class. His essay prompts are unclear. His syllabus is unclear as hell, you don't know which reader to use, the readings aren't clearly labeled at all, adn sometimes he would assign readings not in the readers and not tell you. He doesn't use slides so you just have to put up with 2 hours of BS being spewed out of a 80 y/o man's mouth and HOPE you don't space out for the 10 minutes in total of actual material. The final for this class was so hard he actually had to drop some of the portions of the test bc everyone failed. Yeah, he's an easy grader but it's only because he knows after one quarter with him he made you suicidal. And even then, like I'm pretty sure my solid B is one of the higher grades in the class and that's because I had a study group of like six people and none of us knew what was going on. Don't take him. Not worth the "easy A"

(Spring Quarter 2017)
ENGL 170A
American Literature to 1775 See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.5

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Professor Colacurcio is an outstanding professor. This man is a GRADUATE level professor. The students complaining on this page are just upset that he is not holding their hands every single day. He is very clear and helpful. He is teaching undergraduate level with the excellency of his graduate level knowledge. These 22 year old students just want to be guided because they do not know how to be independent.

(Winter Quarter 2014)
ENGL 171A
American Literature, 1832 to 1865 See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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I strongly recommend that only 4th year/seniors take Colacurcio. He has dry wit and biting humor; he cusses in class and makes fun of himself, the authors, the students and anyone else under the sun. He does care about his students and he loves his job please be warned: THIS IS NOT AN EASY CLASS. He gives out "shitty little quizzes" (his term), essays, midterm, final and extra reading essay. The reading load is so overwhelming, you will feel like you're back in the 10-series. It's VERY DIFFICULT TO PULL OFF AN A.
I think everyone should take at least professor like Cola before they graduate (especially if ENGL is your major/minor) but I can't imagine a first/second year surviving through his course without wrecking his/her GPA.
Enjoy! He's a blast :)

(July 31, 2011)
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ENGL 182A
Specialized Studies in Colonial American Literature See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.8

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ENGL 183B
Topics in 19th-Century American Literature See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

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ENGL 254
American Literature to 1900 See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.5

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Professor Colacurcio is fantastic. I feel so lucky to have taken classes from him. He's the national (world?) authority on the subjects he teaches. The key to taking his class is to do the reading he's assigned before the accompanying lecture. He has incredible knowledge of the historical context of all of the material.
It's just been such a privledge to study with him. Really, we're very fortunate to have him at UCLA. I wish I could take more classes from him.
Classes taken:
ENGL 166B
ENGL 171A (now 166C)
ENGL 254

(July 25, 2012)
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