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Anthony D'Agostino
Professor in the History department
at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
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Overall Quality
3.1
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.1
Easiness
3.3
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03/14/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist640 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Egotistical, narcissistic, and basically useless. Very good at spouting off small detailed facts about topics that are irrelevant to the class. Hes not interested in engaging you, or teaching you anything. Use him for small details if you need filling for your paper, because trust me, he's definitely using you too

01/22/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST 386 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Hands down the worst professor at State. Incredibly boring and horrible lectures. He doesn't talk about the reading at all, but the class is east in and of itself. I didn't learn a thing, but I got a B+...

02/12/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST389 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

Absolutely outstanding! ADA teaches just a little bit over everyones head, but does so in a way that makes you want to understand all of the details that he is talking about. Amazing lectures. Assingments are light. You just have to be able to write a couple little papers that show you paid attention to the class. WELL WORTH TAKING!

11/10/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
his101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great Class

05/15/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
hist390 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Uh.. Disappointed actually. He is a very smart man. He is likeable. Having said this I must complain that he doesn't listen to students at all. He cuts even the brightest students off mid sentence. I regularly attended class and took very detailed notes, often 4 pages back and front in length, but when it came to the essays they were useless.

08/20/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST390 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

Dr. D'Agostino is one of the best Prof's at SFSU. Very passionate and extremely intellectual. Gives all kinds of perspectives in History and really challenges you to think. Head's up, though, he tends to ramble at will sometimes. But largely don't worry about it, it's him explaining some of his experiences in past events. Seriously, take his class.

05/11/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Hist390 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Good Prof. A little too easy on undergrads, a bit harder on grads. Also assigns text not used much in class. And can be rushed as term moves on but having said all that clearly keeps up on the current lit. and debate in his profession and entertains alternative opinions if they are well grounded. Overall: high recomendation only if you are serious

05/11/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Hist01 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great Prof. Impossible not to learn a lot from this prof. Very strong on entertaining alternate views and opinions. May not agree (probably won't) but treats serious alternate views if they are serious. Downside: a little to light on assignments espcially for undergrads. Needs to be little more demanding. Much harder on grad students.

03/06/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
hist385 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

If you're not learning in Dag's class it means you're not paying attention or doing the reading. He isn't everyone's cup of tea, as he won't hold your hand and you actually have to think in his class. He knows everything about his subject and is open to disagreements. However, you better know what you're talking about, he doesn't suffer fools.

01/19/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST385 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. D'Agostino is one of the best History professors at SFSU and really knows his**** about European History. I would recommend him, he's very passionate. Heads up though, he tends to ramble. Other than that, take him. He's great.

07/26/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
hist385 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He wasn't the worst professor I've had at state, but he wasn't too far off. He needs to tone his arrogance down a few notches.

05/27/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
hist486 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Everything I heard was true. Refuses all other opinions but his own, despite factual references. Arrogant and self centered, with rambling pointless lectures. Avoid at all costs.

04/22/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST386 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Open to different ideas, but he WILL challenge you on them. Frustratingly incoherent, nearly impossible to take notes unless you're inhumanly focused. Taught more like a graduate class requiring in-depth knowledge. Easy to pass, but you probably will not have learned much.

01/08/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST385 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The class material is easy if you can follow his lectures (which is often tedious) & take notes. The midterm & final are easy. My only issue is that he isn't very open to discussion & singles people out. To be honest, kind of a self-centered jerk a lot of the time. You will learn a lot because he is a fountain of information though.

08/28/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist389 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

This man makes me want to change my historical emphasis. Uses offensive terms loosly and believes British superior to the entire world. Disorganized lectures and syllabus (no dates next to assignments). More interested in hearing himself talk than actually teaching.

08/15/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
hist386 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Don't bother trying to argue with him. If you have a different opinion, you are wrong. This also then carries over to your essays. Facts and references don't matter in arguments either. His way or the highway. Avoid.

08/12/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Hist386 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Horrible teacher. Rambles incoherently and without structure. Grades essays arbitrarily and without many comments. I did well, yet didn't learn anything more than I did coming in, as he is more into his own warped point of view rather than facts.

07/06/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST386 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I definitely do NOT recommend this teacher. He spends his lectures jumping from one topic to another but with no real organization to his lectures. This class was more of a discussion with himself about the Cold War. You had to have known a lot about the war on your own. Also, he seemed to brush aside simple questions, he wants complex questions.

11/03/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIst390 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Took it for segment 3. Essay for midterm, 2 essays for final. Sure there's a lot of information to digest, but I learned a lot from the class.

04/18/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST390 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I'm taking this class as a GE segment 3 requirement, and I find it pretty hard. I'm not a history major, and he assumes we know a lot of stuff I don't know. But the class is interesting and with a bit of reading on my own I've managed. Textbook is useless, never even mentions it. He likes a good argument but he interrupts a lot.

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