Fall 2020 - I took this class through Zoom and he altered the class to be as convenient as possible due to COVID restrictions. Our grade was based on two small papers, final paper, and participation credit in discussions. I really enjoyed going to discussions as we went over primary sources that we would end up using as evidence in our papers. My TA, Rebekka, was very kind and understanding. She was very considerate of the students who had a hard time speaking up in class so she gave writing assingments and such. She helped us by reviewing our drafts and also advising them. Dr. Meranze gave awesome lectures. His voice is monotone so you may zone out here and there, but he is very passionate about the topic and is always willing to help you and answer your questions. I went to his office hour and he was so nice and considerate of my questions and concerns. He also took his time answering my emails as he explained and answered my question very thoroughly. I would recommend for a STEM major who is trying to fulfill a GE on top of their rigorous science courses.
I had Prof. Meranze for U.S. History 1800-1850, and overall it was not a good experience. The class consisted of a midterm (30%) and a final (70%) in which he fails to provide any type of study guide; thereby requiring that you study everything, i.e. notes and readings all the while hoping for the best. As a history major who loves U.S. History, I found myself studying endlessly for his exams only to end up with a B+ in the end. If you enjoy sitting through boring lectures, and walking into a final exam that is worth 70% of your grade then by all means take this class. If instead you value your GPA and don't want to take a class that makes you hate U.S. History then don't bother. This class is not worth the stress, wait for a better class.
40% mid-term, 60% final. The class can tend to get boooooring, although Professor Meranze makes little jokes here and there that alert me to attention. I don't think his exams are too bad, but it's really unfortunate he doesn't give us a study guide or review session. It's extremely time consuming to study EVERYTHING we went over in class, especially since a lot of the stuff we copied down for notes (like every monarch in England for 200 years) didn't relate to anything on the exam. Unless you REALLY want to know constitutional history, there are surely better history classes to take.