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Joseph Opala
Professor in the History department
at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Overall Quality
4.0
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Helpfulness
3.9
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
3.8
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10/23/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very compelling class. One of the few times you will be able to take a class where the subject is something the professor literally lived through. I would highly recommend this class and this professor.

08/03/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is the best teacher I have met at JMU. His stories of Sierra Leone are amazing and makes you want to go to class! Extra credit god! I got C's on the midterm and final and because I watched movies and wrote a simple short paper, got an A!

08/02/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ghist150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

life changing class. go just for the sake of hearing incredible stories. sooo much information, but it gets stamped in your mind because it's so fascinating. easy A. talk to him and he'll help you out with anything.

05/19/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

most interesting class I've had so far! Opala is really nice and knows his stuff. I loved hearing about his life in Africa. There's no homework, soo much extra credit, just the midterm and final, and 2 papers.I have heard that he's nicer to his afternoon classes so try not to take him in the morning! he likes when you pay attention and participate!

05/01/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GHIST150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Take this class. I guarantee you will not regret it. He is a bit egotistical, yes, but man the guy has done so much in his lifetime. He teaches the class based on his first hand experiences. You see him as just a professor, but he's done so much more. He's really someone to look up to and has inspired me to hopefully join the peace corp!

04/22/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This is one of the best professors at JMU. He is hilarious and keeps you interested in the subject. The class is all about Sierra Leone and he knows everything about it cause he lived there for half his life! He is THE leading expert on Sierra Leone in the country. TAKE THIS CLASS... plus there is loads of extra credit making it an easy A

04/16/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Teaches everything like a story that will make sure you show up to class just to find out what happens next (although doesnt take attendance). 2 Papers. Midterm and Final. If you listen actively and take notes, you will get an A. Loads of extra credit.

01/11/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Amazing teacher. He has so much to share and it's all interesting. He is not one of those teachers that is in it for the paycheck and doesn't really know hot to teach. Most of what he teaches he actually experienced firsthand, and I think that is rare to find these days. Get him if at all possible.

12/15/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GHIST150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This guy is the man. Class is VERY interesting and his teaching style makes you want to come to class. Give loads of extra credit making almost impossible to get lower than a B.

12/06/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HON200Z Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you're a very detail-oriented history major he's a great professor. Otherwise he can be very patronizing and narrow-minded. The class is interesting, but the tests are the standard in-class essays and he grades far too harshly for a broad seminar of non-history majors. I'm glad I took the class, I learned a lot, I'm just sorry it's graded!

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