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Kenneth Holum
Professor in the History department
at University of Maryland, College Park, MD
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Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.9
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
3.4
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30 Student Ratings
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12/02/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST289C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Prof. H. is a fun guy, and the lectures are interesting and about one of my historical periods, but I dread this class. We never talk about the main point of the course, and it only ever comes up in the test and essay questions. I honestly have no idea what his expectations are.

11/26/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST289C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

As long as you do the reading or at least use SparkNotes, you will receive a good grade in this class. Prof. Holum doesn't want his students to fail. The test questions are given in advanced. Yes, there is a lot of reading, but this is college. Expect that. The TA gives quizzes each discussion which are fairly easy. All lectures are posted online.

08/27/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Boring. I almost fell asleep every class but still passed with a B and barely opened the books.

10/22/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
hist324 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

My favorite class in college. I learned so much and I loved the challenging atmosphere.

06/14/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist600 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is pompous, petty, and his classes are painful... Avoid working with him at ALL costs!

05/17/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIST324 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

Difficult course, many books, many tests, essays are open ended and the purpose of them is not well-explained by Dr. Holum. A smart fellow for sure, but he tries to show it too much by using pretentious Latin terminology that makes him almost impossible to understand. I suggest going elsewhere unless you are very engaged on the subject.

05/13/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's a good professor but kind of boring to sit through his lectures. As long as you pay attention and show up to discussion with your TA you should do fine on the tests because he gives you possible essay questions before hand.

08/14/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Nice professor who knows his field gives out 3 exams with the essay questions in advance so you can study it. The class ultimately depends on who your TA is, my TA was a hard grader so its a make or break with them.

05/04/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 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

So boring its unbelievable. The tests and quizes were easy and the TA's were nice. I got a good grade I just could not stay awake in class. I love history and if someone is boring enough to put me to sleep its pretty bad.

03/25/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST324 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Holum is awesome. Yes, his class is difficult and condensed with information. What did you expect? It's an upper-level history class. Professor Holum is nice, approachable and loves to help his students. The person below me is just a baby throwing a temper tantrum, because s/he actually had to do some work.

03/20/2010
average
5 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
hist110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

OK DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. i am trying to help you guys out bc of the ppl under my comment who are LYING. this class is IMPOSSIBLE. THE most boring class I have ever taken and the tests and paper are RIDICULOUS. this is DEF NOT an easy A. had to drop mid semester bc i took it hoping to get an easy A (judging from what ppl below me said)and its NOT.

12/06/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
hist110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

great guy, extremely easy, take with elizabeth

05/23/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
hist110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Holum's class was extremely easy. There are 3 tests,a paper, and a final review essay and 10 quizzes, you get the essay questions before hand, and identification questions come directly from the handouts. Master Grissom is the best T.A. out of the three. If you want to actually learn something and learn to write well, then get Master Grissom.

04/11/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Take this class!

04/04/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Going to class is a must in this class. He gives out outlines for all his lectures but are somewhat hard to follow. Reading quiz each week that is worth 10 points that you should easily get. He gives test questions to essays before hand, take them to a TA and have them help you study, that way you will get an easy A

01/03/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
hist110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

go to class!! pay attention and read..and he gives u the essay questions for the tests. do those beforehand and its an easy A

12/06/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Awesome, interesting, and brilliant prof! Class was fun and he makes subtle witty comments that idiots in the class never really understand. We are really behind on our syllabus so he cancelled the 2nd term paper. Really great prof! Grades fairly.

12/04/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A great professor who is always willing to help students...the guy is extremely knowledgeable, plus how many other profs know Spartan war chants?

09/26/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Excellent lecturer- keeps you engaged and interested the entire time. Lecture outlines handed out during class help a lot- use them! T.A. Elizabeth is REALLY nice, not a hard grader when it comes to weekly quizzes. If you put in effort, you will get an A.

03/29/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is such a sweet man and a great teacher! He gives you everything you need to know before the exams and is an amazing teacher! He always kept me interested and I never even knew i liked this stuff before his class!

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