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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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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!

11/05/2009
good
3 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

Amazing professor. So knowledgeable on the subject. First-hand experience. Gives his lectures primarily from his own head. Lots of note taking. Lots of chances for extra credit.

11/03/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Pretty good class. Everything is based on his lectures. He highly recommends to take notes but its easy to do so without. Only a midterm and final, and two papers. Tons of extra credit.

10/14/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ghist150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

best professor ive ever had, makes class very interesting, i would definately recommend this class to anybody.

08/12/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ghist150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Great class

05/07/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ghist150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Stop reading these posts and go sign up for this class. it is a MUST at JMU. It changed my outlook on so many things. He is a great professor! even though attendance wasn't mandatory, i wanted to go to class which says ALOT!

04/26/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ghist150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

i LOVED this class. Only take this class if you're interested in learning about Sierra Leone. Dr. Opala has lived there for many years and talks about the history and his personal experiences there. 2 grades: Midterm/final. Unlimited extra credit oppurtunities though. Attendance is optional. VERY INTERESTING CLASS!!!!

04/16/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
HON300P Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Chews gum EVERY SINGLE CLASS while giving lectures. IT'S PUBLIC SPEAKING 101-don't do it! I do not recommend taking any of his classes, he has 0 people skills. There are MUCH better professors in other honors seminars. Try to take a different one than Gullah!

01/13/2009
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

Someone stated it best earlier when they said, "It's like learning about the Revolutionary War from George Washington". This guy knows his****. Mid Term and Final with****load of extra credit. I thought learning about African history would be boring, but he's now my favorite prof., and i was actually upset when the class was canceled once.

01/06/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

You wouldn't think a class soley on a small African country, Sierra Leone, could be interesting...It is. Prof. Opala livied in Sierra Leone for many years and brings the country, its history, and its people to life. Very little reading, a mid-term & a final. Loved this class.

12/10/2008
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HON200L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

History of Slavery-very interesting, he has a lot experience &he taught me a lot. But PATRONIZING and ****. Talks down to us like we're idiots &cuts us off before we're finished asking a question. Then harps on you for not answering right away. Kindof Intimidating. Has a lot to offer, but that doesn't give him the right to talk to us like that

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