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Oscar Martinez
Professor in the History department
at University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
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Overall Quality
2.9
Average Grade
A+
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.5
Clarity
3.3
Easiness
3.2
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24 Student Ratings
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11/25/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAS Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A+
"Get ready to read" "Lectures are long" "Tough Grader"

Basically he makes you read 200 pages a week, only to go over it in class in the lectures. He will pick some arbitrary idea in the reading and put it on the test. Very apologetic for America, and puts down the USA whenever he has the chance. Although funny at times, he is confusing, monotone, and unpredictable.

06/27/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST 361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

No powerpoints. Old school lecturing. Potentially interesting topic but he cannot make it interesting. Will make you fall asleep and WILL take time to wake you up in class if you do. Kind of a rude guy, refuses to review material. Try someone else.

06/11/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST 361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Simply put, he wasn't my favorite person in the world. I found his teaching style to be a bit dull and he was kind of a jerk if you had to get up to go to the bathroom during class, which irks me to no end. The class was easy, even without doing a majority of the reading but if the teacher makes or breaks the class for you, just be wary.

01/12/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

One of the nicest professors around and full of insight, Martinez is a great teacher. Show up to class and pay attention and keep up with at least half of the readings and it's a B. Really enjoyed listening to his experiences and cheesy jokes.

01/04/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pretty easy, but he will put you to sleep. The lectures drag on and on, and he constantly attempts to guilt-trip you into feeling bad for illegal immigrants. Periodically he'll take a large chunk of time to tear into some Republican politician who has nothing to do with the course. Even people I talked to who agreed with him were bored to death.

12/22/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He really will put you to sleep its no joke. Doesn't really care if you show up, one of those classes where once you know what he's looking for you can just kind of wing it on an exam and do pretty well. I can't imagine doing all or even most of the readings but if you do this will probably be one of the easier A's you'll get.

03/29/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST369 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

Every Professor has a bias, at least Martinez is upfront about it. Of course someone born in Mexico might sympathize with Mexico. Informative, well organized, and clear of his expectations of the class, I found him to be a very good professor. Readings and tests normal for a class at this level.

03/11/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST369 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Martinez does not teach to entertain, and as he says,"I am a Norteno." So of coarse, he will gives the raw form of history, not the romanticized version. You should look at the background of teachers to try and assimilate where these professors are coming from, not only does Martinez have vast experience, but has lived to experience it.

02/10/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAS361 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. Martinez is a good teacher. His teaching is insightful and grounded in FACTS. To me, he is a down the middle kind of guy, some think he is biased, I do not (I've seen biased teachers and believe me he's not). If you want to actually LEARN, take his class.

02/08/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This guy's motto is "Let's beat this horse to death." He goes on and on about the sorrows of Mexico while you learn absolutely nothing about it's history, or social system. I do NOT recommend taking this class.

10/25/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This man is so full of himself it makes me sick. He loves to hear the sound of his own voice and shoots down students who don't agree with him. Most of the class sleeps through his lectures but he couldn't care less. All but one book used in the class was either written or edited by him.

10/19/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is the most boring teacher I have ever had. The information could be interesting but it seems like his goal every class is to see how many people he can put to sleep.

09/06/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

To me he was a great teacher. He didn't do flashy power points but he had substance to his lectures. Everything he said was valuable to my course work which is MX-AM Studies and Anthro. So what if he didn't do flashy crap. He's a classic lecturer kind of teacher and as long as you pay attention and take notes you will pass this class like nothing.

04/08/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

taking this class for an upper division elective... i should've listened to the reviews on here. this class could be interesting except he uses the over head projector to go through lectures. you will pass this class with flying colors if you can write two papers that sympathizes with the Mexicans and poor past.

09/17/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Hist343 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This professor takes his job way to seriously, gets very angry if you show up late even a min, do not have spanish last name that he can pronounce with a spanish accent. Barely puts an effort in making his class lectures interesting with short bullet notes from the board and bore you until you feel lost.

07/13/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST361 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

BORING LECTURES!!! If he would just put some powerpoints together it would be so much more engaging. But instead, he stands at the front and talks nonstop for 1hr 15 mins! I love the subject and the readings were good. He was nice and I liked his views on things. Just boring lectures w/ NO VISUALS. Really hard tests.

03/21/2008
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST4000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Did not notice bias, but the man is absolutely boring in lecture. No interest in engaging students in conversaton...cannot accomodate questions from students. Readings are really great though...Exams few, but difficult. Make sure you do the readings.

10/01/2007
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Haven't finished the semester yet. Seems average in terms of difficulty. However, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks he is biased, pompous, and worse, colors his lectures and the entire course with his bias. I was interested in the topic, still am, but he has made the class hard to take. I would not have taken this course had I known.

12/10/2006
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST369 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The topic is interesting but class is typically boring. He has a unique perspective on issues but he lets his own political biases tarnish the class. It is very hard to listen to someone lecture about how America has ruined everything for the Mexicans. Lecture is pretty pointless to attend and tends to be boring.

05/08/2006
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST 361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I totally disagree with the last rating. He is extraordinarily knowledgable about the borderlands and gave me an deep understanding of the issue I never imagined I would have. If you like to be challenged and learn about data and research that contradicts what the media spoonfeeds to people, then this is a great class :) Also easy A!

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