Winter 2022 - If you care about your GPA, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. The way it is graded makes it near impossible to get an A, if you miss a single point in the class you will get an A- at best. This was not specified on the syllabus anywhere nor explained at any point during this class even after the grades were sent out. The workload of this class was probably the least of any of my classes at UCLA so far and all of it is rather easy. This means your entire grade basically comes down to your TA and, as always, some just gave 100s on every assignment while others were extremely harsh about rough drafts, essays, and participation. Overall, if you just want a super easy GE that you're gonna pass, this is the one to take. However, the grading system is extremely confusing and poorly communicated and getting an A is next to impossible unless you luck out and your TA give you 100s on everything. I would not take again.
history 136a. great professor, very nice..but grading is unfair. after 10 weeks of brit history i earned a b, i rec my first grade in her class the day of the final, after 10 weeks. two in class writing assignments w/o feedback, then she dings you on your one graded essay paper. How can a student improve their grade if they never receive a grade until the final exam, when she returned the paper. I was quite dissappointed.
McClendon was pretty good, she really outlined her main points so you could tell what was important and what wasn't. However, when she graded papers, it seemed that she was looking at it like an English professor (i.e. correcting your comma usage, etc.) rather than a History professor (judging your content, argument, use of sources, etc.) STILL, it was good, not really hard or anything. 2 papers an a final. Easy B+, but I think you really have to try to get that A.