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Joan Cashin
Professor in the History department
at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
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Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
4.0
Easiness
4.3
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37 Student Ratings
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04/24/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST3003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Joan is a very oldschool professor. She's cool though, very knowledgeable. She expects you to attend every class. There are 3 book discussions, a final paper, and a final exam. Each is worth 20% of your grade. Show up to class, say one thing in the discussions, do the paper and study the guide for the final and you will probably get an A. Easy

03/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist 2090 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

As a Harvard graduate and student of David Donald Herbert, Dr. Cashin provides students with an unparalleled depth of knowledge. I am truly lucky to have had her as a Professor. If you are a serious historian then take her course. She is lenient on assignments and gives students many chances. If you do the readings and show up you should do well.

11/16/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist151H Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

As others mentioned, she does kind of drone on. If you're interested in history, it's great, but she says a lot of stuff you won't ever see on a midterm or final. I probably only ended up using a third of my notes to study because most of it wasn't on the study guide. The midterm and final were supeeer easy, though, as long as you study the guide.

06/12/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST557 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Cashin knows her Civil War history. If you show up and listen during class, you will find yourself very knowledgeable about the subject. There are three book discussions, and you have to find five primary documents and write five one-page papers about why they are interesting. This was the easiest class ever, but I enjoyed it.

06/09/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST559 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Boring class, but very easy

07/26/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST559 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She has a tendency to drone and the lack of visual aid makes it harder. She also gives you a lot of info that you won't need for the final, but it is interesting if you like the subject. It was very easy, however, so all in all a good class to take

06/19/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist557 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Might look a crazy person though if you attend every class and if you talk during the discussions you should get an A best history teacher I've had

05/13/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist557 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Had no sympathy for my medical situation that prevented me from attending class regularly. Violated every right of medical privacy, saying that she had to know in order for me to pass. At one point, she told me (verbatim) that "the grading system put forth on the syllabus was arbitrary and was changed when the situation deemed necessary".

02/03/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST557 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

INsanely boring... especially for an 830 class... she is knowlegable but tends to ramble on and on with no visual aids so you end up writing down an insane amount of stuff you dont need... the structure of the class is easy but attendance is mandatory... good luck not falling asleep!

08/19/2008
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
hist202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very knowledgeable about women in the Civil War; not so much on general CW history. Described the Monitor as a "prototype submarine." Became resolute when a student tried to correct her. Described the Homer painting "Prisoners from the Front" as a scene showing 5 Southern prisoners, when 2 are clearly Union guards. Doesn't like to be corrected.

03/17/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST557 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Took 557.02 with her, she is incredibly knowledgeable, she spoke essentially nonstop the whole two hours, full of fun tidbits of history that you don't usually get to learn. Also, this is the first 8:30 am class I've yet had where I wasn't pissed at having to go to, I actually looked forward to going to an 8:30am class??? What's happened to me?

03/16/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist557 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The class is incredibly easy (3 book discussions, a paper and a essay). She can be helpful, but can come off as arrogant at times.

06/02/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist557 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Awesome prof! Really knows what she is talking about, is straight forward with what she expects. Minimal work.

12/06/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
hISTH151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very smart, knows what she is talking about. Lectures are actually somewhat interesting. Midterms are super easy if you go to lecture. Fair and nice.

12/05/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Histh151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Minimal work, extremely easy, a very easy A. She is also very nice and pleasant. Highly recommended.

04/12/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
H151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

very clear on her expectations, very easy for an honors class. minimal work. tests are ridiculously easy!

12/07/2005
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
History 557.03 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Class is very easy IF YOU GO TO CLASS. If you don't go you will FAIL no matter how much you know about the Civil War because your grade is entirly subjective to what she feels like giving you.

12/07/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
H151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Great Prof. Tells you up front what she wants. Requires minimum work and as long as you prepare for the midterm and final you will be set.

11/08/2005
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
H557.02 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

very easy. class is all notes and then 3 discussions about the books read. discussions are easy points, just say one thing and you will get full credit. exams are easy as well. she is very fair and interested in teaching; you will learn a lot, but go to class!

03/15/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Hist 557.03 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Of all the History courses I've taken, I would have to say she provides the best info about her area...you will know more than you ever thought there was to know about the Civil War. Go to class, take notes and you will get a good grade.

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