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Andrew Zimmerman
Professor in the History department
at George Washington University, Washington, DC
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Overall Quality
4.3
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.3
Clarity
4.2
Easiness
3.0
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57 Student Ratings
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12/16/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST 1121 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+
"There for you" "Would take again" "Clear grading criteria"

His passion for the subject makes you excited about it. Reading the books is necessary. It's fine if you cannot read everything. GO TO THE LECTURES! The midterm (small quiz) and the final are made up largely of what he discusses in class. There are only 4 assignments: the midterm (small quiz), analytical report, teaching assignment, and a final

12/13/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST 1121 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: C+
"Tests? Not many" "Get ready to read"

took it for the history part, sorely disappointment. Zimm is a good guy but the way he runs this class is quite frankly awful. the slides have no actual information and his lectures can be hard to follow and not pertain to what you need for the final. more of a literature class. the final was unfairly hard. wouldn't recommend taking this class

12/08/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST 1121 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Inspirational" "Get ready to read" "Amazing lectures"

Dr. Zimmerman is a fascinating and brilliant professor. If you're at all interested in politics, philosophy, or history, Take. This. Class. Be prepared for an intellectual challenge, but it's worth it. Definitely go to his office hours or chat with him after class, he has a lot of insight and is willing to help you if you show interest.

12/07/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist 1121 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Don't take this class unless you like philosophy. It's pretty much 75% philosophy and 25% history; I think it should be classified as philosophy class instead. I felt like already knowing European history was a prerequisite to this class because it built on that knowledge instead of teaching it.

12/02/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST1211 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Amazing lectures" "Inspirational" "Get ready to read"

This course serves as an introduction to European intellectual history. The texts are presented within a historical framework, and are meant to tie with one another. Excellent course that serves to introduce students into historical reading, analysis, and thinking. Imperative into understanding critical theory and intellectual history.

11/18/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST 1121 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Get ready to read" "Lectures are long"

Dr. Zimmerman is a cool professor. You need to listen during lectures and do the readings if you want to do well in his class. The TAs are really helpful and Dr. Zimmerman is super willing to stay after class and answer questions. If you don't like the material, do not take the class, because it can get very esoteric.

04/26/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HONR48 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Zimmerman is absolutely great, one of the best professors I've had. Really chill guy, has a good sense of humor and is very helpful if you come to him. Despite having a 2.5hr class discussion was always interesting and engaging, and he is always open to new ideas. Great text choice too. Definitely take his class if you can.

11/14/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist1121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is truely an amazing professor. He loves class participation and is so knowledgeable. I always found myself wishing class was longer!

05/13/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

AMAZING PROFESSOR! So interesting and knowledgeable. He is really helpful and gives interesting assignments. I was actually inspired to pick up a new language from how interested I got in European history from his class. Definitely one of the best professors here. Take a class with him.

12/28/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class was well-taught. Professor Zimmerman managed to get students engaged in discussions even in a class of 70 people. The midterms and finals were easy, as long as one attended the lectures and did the readings. The prof. is very open-minded and is willing to talk to students in his office hours. I learned a lot from the class.

10/22/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Overall a great professor, very knowledgeable and passionate about German history. Attendance was mandatory and he created a seating chart for a 70+ person class, which I thought was absurd. His grading scale is also a bit off, 94.5 is an A minus in his book.

09/01/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Attendance, even in 80 plus person lecture classes, is mandatory. He also can be a stickler about using laptops. Other than that, he is extremely passionate about the subjects he teaches and is very willing to see students at office hours. Sometimes he gets off track but he is a very fair grader and will talk to any student about their grade.

03/23/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST040 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

While it's true that this class involved a lot of Philosophy, it was still an extremely interesting course. Professor Zimmerman is so nice and really knowledgeable. You'll learn a lot from him. My only complaint was that the course covers a lot of material, which made the cumulative exams somewhat difficult. I would still recommend it though!

02/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST40 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

One of the best professors at GW. He is passionate about the subject and always eager to help. Because he does not use a textbook, it is imperative that you attend every class (though the lecture are on iTunes). The way in which he frames history is ingenius. You won't realize how great of prof he is until after the class.

12/23/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST040 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The lectures were well-organized and clear. However, the discussion classes were extremely useless, though attendance was mandatory. Prof. Zimmerman is very nice to talk to, and he has some refreshing generalization of the subjects. I think the Professor should have better TAs who know the subject well next time.

12/03/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist40 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

i was pretty disappointed in the subject matter, the philosophy was not my cup of tea. there are also a lot of assigned readings, you can get away with not doing them but it helps on the exam if you did. zimmerman is extremely nice and helpful and i think he would do better in a discussion class rather than the huge lectures.

11/22/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST40 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

It is a nice course anyway and talks much about intellectual history, instead of factual details (though there were more for the second half part of the semester). The readings are all good materials, however intensive. Prof. Zimmerman is nice to talk to, but somehow a 'nihilist', who gives out arguments on both sides, but holds back from his own.

11/16/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST040 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

i went into this class thinking i'll be learning hard historical facts, but he involves a lot of philosophy in his lectures. sometimes in lecture in feels like im in a european philosophy class rather than a euro history class. but despite this, his tests are ok since he gives out terms and possible essay questions in all his lectures.

03/28/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST040 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I found his lectures pretty boring, the class involves a lot of philosophy which I didn't realize when signing up. The class itself isn't too difficult. He gives out key terms and possible essay questions for the exams at the beginning of each class.

01/26/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Zimmerman is a great professor, he's absolutely brilliant. His lectures were always interesting, even if the reading was not. Definitely not an easy A but he makes you care, his enthusiasm is adorable and contagious. Bottom line: I would actively seek another class taught by him, I recommend to anyone interested in history!

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