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Michael Seth
Professor in the History department
at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Overall Quality
4.4
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.5
Clarity
4.3
Easiness
3.6
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142 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
11/02/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST 102 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "There for you" "Would take again"

Highly recommend Dr. Seth. Quizzes every week, sometimes more often than once a week. But they are only 5 points and if you study, you'll do fine. 2 tests, he grades quite subjectively but its not too difficult to do well. He genuinely wants his students to learn and succeed.

09/08/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

Professor Seth is great, he is very helpful and he makes class very interesting. He is one of the best professors at JMU. He gets to know his students and is very friendly.

05/06/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Seth is an AMAZING PROFESSOR! He truly cares about all his students doing well and loves teaching the material. He is really funny, and time flies-by in his class! There is a quiz every week (super easy, he tells you all the questions on it), two tests and essays throughout the semester (the essays he helps until you get an A). TAKE HIS CLASS

04/30/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GHIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Seth keeps lectures entertaining with his jokes and stories about life. Every quiz and test in this course comes straight from the coursepack (plus he uploads study guides with all the questions). Very friendly and wants to know all his students! If you do all the work I don't know how you could get lower than a B+.

04/30/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GHIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Seth keeps lectures entertaining with his jokes and stories about life. Every quiz and test in this course comes straight from the coursepack (plus he uploads study guides with all the questions). If you do all the work I don't know how you could get lower than a B+.

04/23/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Quiz every week = easy. Tests are fairly difficult. Everything is short answer. The final is ridiculous: know where EVERY country is if you want to pass it. He has an attendance policy which is annoying because besides the quizzes, you don't learn much in class.

04/22/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
GHIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Actually enjoyed class a lot. Quiz every week, thats 5 questions and are super easy (he gives you a study guide for them too). The tests are not hard if you actually study the study guide. His class is do-able. Wish I could take him for another history class; its a lot of work but its definitely worth it when you know you'll get an A.

04/21/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Very clear and insightful teacher. all the tests are straightforward from his powerpoints and he has a lot of great stories and loves his job he does have a couple of papers including a pretty important final one but overall it was a very interesting and easy class as long as you pay attention in class.

04/12/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

LOTS of quizzes where you have to read the book, but he gives study guides so they're really easy. The tests are the complete opposite- 25 short answers. He grades them ridiculously and won't give back points. Lots of essays that he grades pretty tough. He makes you go to office hours a lot but is usually pretty helpful during them.

04/12/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST 377 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is Seth's area of expertise and he gets really excited to teach it. He has a lot of anecdotes about his travels there and makes lots of jokes. Weekly quizes, the midterm is essentially a big quiz, take home final, 2 book reports or a long paper, and 2 short response papers. Not too bad. Lectures are easy. This is an easy 300.

04/12/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Super easy class. Weekly quizes and short assignments. Final and Midterm were short answer and the questions were given a head of time. Only two papers. He's a genuine guy and tells a lot of stories that are interesting. Wants to get to know everyone. Lectures can be dry. I honestly don't know how you could get lower than a B+.

04/12/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor Seth is hilarious! haha. there are 2 (short answer) exams & a paper (5 pgs). Then there is the final exam and the final paper. There are 20 total quizzes but he does give you the questions to know so if you study and read you'll get a 5/5. Its a lot of work for a genEd and the class is annoying. But if you put the work in its fine!

04/04/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Alright, the difficulty of Seth's class depends on the amount of effort you put into it. Lectures are super boring and doesn't take attendance but gives fairly easy quizzes based on the book, which he provides study guides for. He grades the papers hard though. Other than that his exams are decent if you do the study guide and actually study them.

03/15/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
GHIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

His course is very difficult. He makes attendance mandatory, his lectures are so boring I can barely find the motivation to go to them. He gives a TON of quizzes. They're usually easy but take a lot of reading. He assigns a lot of 4-5 page papers. His tests are short answer. He makes you go to his office hours. I didn't find him very helpful at all

12/05/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Seth is such a great professor! He really keeps you engaged with his humor and enthusiasm for the subject. He even made an effort to learn everyone's names. If you have the chance to take Seth for GHIST 101, DO IT. I couldn't imagine a better professor for this course!

06/15/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
GHIST101 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

Seth has a good sense of humor and includes his own stories about his travels to make lectures more interesting. Very willing to help during office hours and is readily available. Exams aren't too difficult and there's always a study guide for the reading quizes. Not too difficult and some classes can be fun and interesting.

04/23/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's a really nice man and definitely loves history. His lectures will put you to sleep though and he talks the entire time with a power point that has very limited information. You're best bet is to read the textbook unless you are very good at focusing for a solid 50 minutes. He's willing to help you during office hours with papers too.

01/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GHIST101 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

Even in a giant lecture class he cares about each student's success. Engaging lectures and plenty of potential to get an A in his class. Very highly recommended. He also has some great stories.

10/27/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ghist101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

As a freshman you don't really know what you're coming into when you enter college but he has been the best professor that I could have had to make the transition easier. He is very helpful and knowledgable. I would definitely take a class from him again.

08/08/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GHIST102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

What a great professor! He learned everyone's name in my 100+ person class and was friendly towards all his students. Very personable and knowledgable. Take notes on every chapter of the coursepack, review them the night before each class, and you should get 100% on all the quizzes. Reviewing in groups for the tests/midterms and final is helpful.

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