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Michael Seth
Professor in the History department
at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Overall Quality
4.3
Average Grade
C
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.4
Clarity
4.3
Easiness
3.6
Helpfulness
0
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147 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/18/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
102 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "Tough Grader" "Amazing lectures"

So goofy but really passionate about history. Tries to entertain class and thinks he is hilarious but in the best way possible. Loves to get to know students and each kid in class had to go talk with him about the large paper due. Tough grader and vague about what he wants for main essay but he is so nice and I learned so much

12/16/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Ghist 102 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I have no idea what to say about Professor Seth. The man is off his rocker and his assignments are absolutely insane. Would not recommend unless you're a history buff. The class will drive you insane especially when you have major class work that's actually important. His assignment grading is completely arbitrary and he will not clarify.

12/15/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
GHIST 102 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Lectures are long" "Tests are tough"

Do not take this class for a gen ed. He is an extremely tough grader if you do not say exactly what he wants you to say. You have to go to office hours at least once a week if you want to do good. This class is high maintenance for people with hard majors that are just trying to fill a gen ed.

12/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
GHIST 102 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tough Grader" "Inspirational"

Dr. Seth is a great professor who truly cares about his students. The class is pretty easy and the tests arent bad. However, he can be confusing, and not clear on assignments. We had 2 essays originally, but then he dropped the last one, but then brought it back. GO TO HIM WITH ESSAYS. There are weekly quizzes, 2 tests, 2 papers, and 1 final

12/04/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
GHIST102 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Pop quiz master" "Tough Grader" "Tests are tough"

Do not do not DO NOT take this class a gen-ed. I'm begging you. You will thank me later. The only good thing about this class is that he gets to know all of his students. Otherwise, the lectures are confusing and the coursepack which he wrote is confusing. He is very critical and an extremely tough grader. All of his tests are short answer and hard

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
"There for you" "Would take again" "Tough Grader"

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!

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