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William McCarthy
Professor in the History department
at University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
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Overall Quality
3.4
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Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
2.5
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11/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIS 362 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long" "Get ready to read" "Skip class? You won't pass."

I will just say, by far the worst professor in my college career, that I have ever had the displeasure of taking a class with. Yes, his class his hard, its 300 level, I expected that. Lots of reading, lecture style isn't great. Makes it clear he isn't interested in helping his students, would rather ridicule them and make them feel beneath him.

01/27/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HST 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

McCarthy is an acquired taste, you will either love his class,or dread every moment of it. I'm a History major and his lecture style left alot to be desired. I hear his upper level courses are much different but if you are not a HST major and have to take history,do not take McCarthy. You will hate yourself in the morning.

11/14/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HST 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoy Dr. McCarthy, although I can see why some people wouldn't. He knows everything about history. He basically gives you his tests beforehand which is nice, but he grades hard, so make sure you have it all memorized! His class really isn't that bad though. Just sit in the front to force yourself to listen, his lectures can be loooong.

10/24/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
HST 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Even if you are a History major you do not want to take this class. Far too hard for a 200 level class and he'll spend half the semester trying to convince you that you are less of a student if you don't go on one of his vaunted sea study semesters. If you are not prepared to do at least 3 hours of reading a night,do not take this class!!!

05/03/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HST 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class is pretty boring. He talks extremely fast and his powerpoints are not useful. They are just outlines for him to speak from. There are 5 or 6 books that you have to read throughout the semester, ranging from 250-700 pages. The tests are pretty difficult unless you put in a good amount of studying. Definitely not the easy grade I hoped for

04/29/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HST 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The class is harder than you think - the tests are fairly easy but he grades the essay VERY TOUGHLY. He posts powerpoints but they're just very basic outlines of what he says in class. TONS OF READING for this class, and quizzes on the books. Take him if you're really into history, because he sort of treats everyone like a history major.

04/28/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
SHS210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Never take this course if it's offered again. I enrolled in Science, Humanities and Society thinking it actually had something to do with one of those subjects. Turns out it was just a critical thinking class. I don't feel like I've actually learned anything and you get zero feed back on grades until the end. Goals of assignments are poorly defined

04/15/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HST 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Nice guy, really funny, but a very difficult class. Cram all the information you can into the exam essays, and write very clearly for the paper and you'll probably be fine, but make sure you show up to class even though it isn't mandatory. Take good notes, attend review sessions, and you'll be fine.

05/04/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HST102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Excellent professor. I'm a history major, so I probably didn't treat the material with the proper respect, but I enjoyed getting my B-. His analysis is extremely in depth considering the length of time covered. If you want to fulfill your Basic Studies History requirement and not feel like you're in Community College while doing it, take McCarthy.

05/02/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

McCarthy is an amazing professor! The class is moderately difficult and you actually have to show up, but if you put in the work you'll be fine. Attend class and do all of the reading and you will be fine. Loved the Class!!!!

12/14/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HST203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is harder than you think it will be. Make sure you go and take notes because the powerpoints are more like outlines than actual information. He gives you study guides for tests but wants you to include what he says in class, not just wiki everything. also be sure to put ALOT of info on your test. not an easy a, but worth taking

12/12/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIS203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I had him for history 203. He's pretty hard but make sure on the exams you put a ton of info on your essays.

11/08/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST295 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

The class is very open and easy, however unless you are extremely liberal you will not be able to state your opinion. The class was semi-informative, but it is not very open for a discussion even though it was a seminar class.

03/14/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
HST102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He teaches the class as if you're majoring in history. He knows a lot and he can be funny, but he expects you to know a lot. He goes very quickly in class so you should do fine if you take really good notes and you like to study a lot. Otherwise, I suggest someone else.

02/22/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

McCarthy is a fun and goofy professor, and I enjoyed being a part of his class. While he rambles on through most of the information in class, he always extends a helping hand if needed. This class, however, does require a lot of outside work. Most of the terms and essay prompts you won't be able to answer in class just by showing up, so it's nec

02/14/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

McCarthy is an excellent professor. He expects you to know your stuff. Read the text because he gives pop quizzes. As long as you drop by his office hours a few times and engage in class, he'll give you a good grade. Tests are moderately hard, so study! Especially, the ID terms and essay. I highly recommend his class, I loved it.

03/27/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. McCarthy is very smart. He makes jokes that make the class interesting but sometimes it can be extremely boring. Tests are not hard if you study but I had to study about 8 or 9 hours for each test to get an a. They are mutiple choice, matching, and essay. You HAVE to read your textbook because he gives you announced quizzes on the reading.

03/21/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
HST271 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He's very arrogant because he knows a lot, but it can get annoying. LOTS of reading and the tests are nothing but essays...like 3 essays in 50 minutes. Granted, he gave you essay prompts to prepare beforehand, but still really difficult. Lots of information covered, and while interesting, I don't remember much from the class.

10/22/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIST201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

If you want an F take this class. it is IMPOSSIBLE!!!! 3 test all essay NO multiple choice.

11/16/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HST102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Class is hard work but he is a good teacher. His methods actually make you learn the material. The material is also somewhat interesting as well- WWI, WWII, Holocaust etc. Tests take a while to study for but at least he gives you what is on it beforehand.

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