Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to Present
Fall 2021 - I took this class asynchronously and if you put the time in to actually watch & take notes on all of the lectures, you are pretty much set for the rest of the course. You need to be able to take a lot of reading and writing though--if that's not your thing, I don't think you will enjoy this. That being said, as either a History course or a GE, this was not hard at all.
Summer 2021 - I took it as a GE also as a premajor requirement before my freshman year started. Prof Hunt is the most amazing teacher i have had in my life. Lessons were all pre-recorded and we had 18 lectures in total. Content is definitely very pact give that the course covers everything from 17th-21st century. I go to Prof Hunt’s office hour a lot to ask questions on assigned reading and she would be very happy to have a conversation. I have to say DONT TAKE history class if you have poor writing skills. This class is super intense (especially in summer quarter) and your prof/TA will not be able to help you on your midterm and final, which together weights 75% of the grade. It also largely depends on who you get as your TA but TAs are the one grading your paper, not the professor. In my experience, I did not have a pleasant time with my TA. I did not receive feedback on my essay from week 2 until the end of week 5 (week6 is final week). In general, would not consider this an easy GE but take it if you truely love the course content
Winter 2023 - I took this class because it was the only GE that fit into my schedule where the prof didn't have terrible reviews. Going into it I was not too interested in the material, but I will say Dr. Nasiali made the lectures very engaging and entertaining. I am not a huge history nerd, but I enjoyed how passionate Nasiali was about the subject and how she also made an effort to connect with her students and learn their names. The class is really only based on a midterm essay, a final project, and participation. The final project is pretty fun because you have the option to do a podcast episode on a historical object, which I actually quite enjoyed. Your grade in this class, like many GEs, is based more so on the TA than the prof. So, while Nasiali was a great professor, my TA was a harsher grader in my opinion and so I did find myself struggling a bit in the quarter after receiving my first essay grade. However, we were allowed to do essay revisions which really helped. Overall I would say this is a pretty good class to take if you are looking to fulfill a GE requirement or are just interested in history!