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Marc Hutchison
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
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Overall Quality
3.9
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.6
Clarity
4.2
Easiness
2.8
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07/02/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC 116 and Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-

Like URI, not worldly, alas. This guy is much more into his own little world and lacks a kind of international depth that people like myself (an intl student) get right away. He might impress certain powers at URI but I still like to think that URI can do better/pay more attention to the kind of faculty they are hiring. 116 needs more...

06/22/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor! If you don't have an interest in IR I can understand why you might not be into his class, but hes a great professor with very engaging lectures. Textbook wasn't that important, most material was from class notes and attendance is definitely important. One of my favorite classes at URI so far. Good amount of studying required though

05/07/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSC116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B-

Marc Hutchison expects you to put all your time into his class. There is only a midterm and final exam with a ridiculous amount of information to memorize. He gives you a useless study guide so you basically have to memorize 8 chapters. Terrible professor. Waste of time.

04/09/2014
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC 116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+

LOVE THIS GUY. The material can be a little challenging because there is a lot but recitation helps quite a bit. Very clear in lectures and is a pretty funny guy too. Take the class, it is great!

09/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC 580 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Tough class, but a great class. You learn a lot and improve your writing and comprehension skills. Take his class and you will enjoy it

09/02/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Look, the guy is into his career, not his students. And while he 'likes' IR he is hardly worldly. While OK I would really like more global inspiration than this guy. To me he seems calculating and insincere. Sorry, that's just my take.

08/05/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC434 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Hutch is a dedicated and knowledgeable professor, and just old school enough to know you are getting your moneys worth! (Unless you are a slacker) take him without reservation.

06/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSC 116-PSC 431 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

One of the greatest educators I have ever had the please of meeting. Very knowledgeable and truly cares about his students and the subject. He is specific as to what he wants on exams but as long as you pay attention you won't have a problem. You can ask any political science student why they are a polysci major and 90% will say because of him.

05/09/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great lectures, made everything clear and interesting. Must attend lectures to do well. Best class I took freshmen year

09/16/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC350 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

the best professor ive had in my 3 years at this school. he makes every class interesting and his lectures are engaging. most important advice for any of his classes GO TO LECTURE. most of the info is not from the book its from lecture.

08/31/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

great teacher. he's very clear when teaching & tries to make his lectures amusing. GO TO CLASS THOUGH. he grades you on it. i probably took about 40 pages of typed notes in his class & his study guide is useless since it's basically everything you study, but do your work & you'll do fine. also, try to get a good TA because you'll see a lot of them.

05/25/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
psc116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I agree with the poster below - TAs do a lot of the work, but the class is huge. He's very interesting to listen to, and not too bad to look at either

05/17/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSC116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's great - make sure you get a good TA, though. I got lucky and heard horror stories from other students

05/10/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSC116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is an excellent professor- not only is he brilliant in his subject, but he's a gifted and engaging speaker as well. The tests are tricky- esp. the multiple choice, but he makes up for it in the straightforwardness of his essays. I took this class as a GenEd and would strongly recommend it to anybody considering doing the same.

04/28/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC580 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I don't know what the deal is with the posts below, but Professor Hutchison never favors students and is an extremely fair grader. Not only is he an expert in his field, but he actually knows how to teach. I'm not even a huge fan of international relations (and had never taken him before), but I loved this course.

04/19/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSC116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

04/04/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSC116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The class in general is that he is an extremely good teacher, if you put in effort you will do ok in the class. Saying that, his exams are pretty hard, the avg for his exams was a 78. There were many who scored in the 90's,just make sure you put effort into studying.

01/22/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSC580 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Read the last Posters comments...in my 580 class he called on the same people all the time. In fairness, they did take many classes with him. I would not take a grad class with him unless you took him in undergrad. He love IR theory..loves it. Definitely favored people in my class. I decided to get my masters at another college due to such issues.

01/14/2011
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSCMANY Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He's smart but is not a fair grader. He has his favorites and gives the good grades to them. He's a good guy outside of class and is very helpful on the content, but only the favorites get A's.

12/28/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSC580 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

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