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Christopher Maginn
Professor in the History department
at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
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Overall Quality
4.6
Average Grade
B
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Helpfulness
4.6
Clarity
4.6
Easiness
2.5
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12/16/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST 1075 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Took the class "early modern europe." It was probably too difficult for a freshman core class but honestly he was a great professor and one of the most brilliant men I have ever met. Definitely worth taking the class but don't expect an easy A, or really an A at all.

12/10/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
EARLY MOD EUR Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Fabulous teacher. Tells history like it's a story. He is a veryyyyyyyyyyy very hard grader. Great teacher though. Don't know if I could handle taking him again because he is very difficult. Not a lot of hw, just supposed to read. Gives 2 papers (7 pg. minimums) a midterm and a final. He's a little cutie too with his Irish accent.

07/13/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist 1075 3412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Difficult classes but worth the challenge if you like history. He grades papers pretty hard but he'll make you a better writer/historian and he's very willing to look at papers prior to handing them in. On top of that he's a great lecturer, funny, intelligent, and really nice. Reading AND notes are a must for an -A. I will be taking him again.

12/13/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST3412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had him for The Tudors and aside from it being an already very interesting class Professor Maginn made it into a very fun, humorous hour and fifteen minutes.

05/06/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIST1075 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Honestly one of the worst choices I made by taking this class. Maginn is a great teacher but way to harsh when it comes to grading, especially for a freshmen core class. He only cares about the midterm, final and essays as part of your grade. I learned a lot but like I said, too demanding for a freshmen class.

01/27/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST3458 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

By far the best professor I had at Fordham. Took him for Ireland 1688-1923 and I have never learned so much in a single course. His no nonsense teaching style encourages thoughtful questions instead of the BS which pervaded my other history courses. The reading is everything, if you want to excel and people say he is a harsh grader, but he is fair.

01/12/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Maginn makes history enthralling even for those who consider irrelevant. His teaching approach is unique and captivating, treating students like adults rather than students. This allows for some flexibility in a class that requires it, as he is always open to discussion in order to improve his clarity. It does not need much improving though...

01/13/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Hist1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Just amazing. Really made you take an interest in european history. Will not lose a moment of interest in the hour and 15 minutes spent. I would have stayed longer!

01/03/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HSLU3458 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great professor. Papers are long and a lot of work, but he was excellent at explaining the material. His passion for Irish history was obvious and made the lectures SO enjoyable. Take him!!!

12/27/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Besides the fact that he's extremely gorgeous with the cutest accent, he is one of the most fascinating teachers at fordham. he is able to turn the long dragging history of the french revolutions, empires, kings, and the like into one great story! Amazing teacher! If you have a chance at taking him, do!

11/10/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HSLf1000 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

Maybe im biased because I love history but he's totally awesome. He lectures but its like telling a story for him which he does really well. Will explain anything really well. Great sense of humor and if you can get past his somewhat long papers you are in for a very enjoyable class. I wholeheartedly suggest you take him.

10/28/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST3000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

hands down the best professor i have ever had at fordham. not easy by any means, but certainly possible to do well if you put in the effort.

10/24/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HSLFWest Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Excellent excellent teacher. Class is interesting and enjoyable. He makes european history and seemingly boring history of hundreds of kings named philip fascinating. History is my forte, but for people who aren't into it, he defintely helps them out. This teacher is making me seriously consider a minor in history or irish studies. take him!

09/19/2007
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
HSLU1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

such a cutie! i was very disappointed the other day when i noticed the wedding ring =(

06/03/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HOLU1801 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

Great prof! Not only did I love this class, I chose him as my advisor. If you like Irish guys you will love him and his adorable accent. Hard essay grader though.

05/10/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HSLU1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. Honetly, one of my favorite professors at Fordham. Grading is tough, but it's very fair. If you listen in lectures (which is not hard at all as he is very easy to listen to) and do the readings, you will do well. Very accessible and helpful during office hours. Really. Fantastic.

04/02/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HSLF1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hands down amazing, fair but a bit difficult, but overall great teacher. Tells it like a storyline, interesting.

12/18/2006
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
HSLF1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Insanely hard essay and test grader, nice guy tho

12/15/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HSLF012 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Oh my god. i LOVE him. I hate history, but if you hate history you should take him. He's AMAZING and is extremely available and helpful in his office hours. He seriously helped me SO much and is one of the nicest people ever. And yeah, being hot and Irish doesn't hurt =)

10/30/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HSLF1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

A-Mazing! greatest professor ever, lectures like a story, u'll not want to miss any lectures. Notes important. Easy grading on the midterm and final. Pretty hard on the two papers. But very helpful, any time you go in. Great!

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