December 26, 2009

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Religion in American Culture

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I do not have enough nice things to say about this man. Religion in American Culture I was very well structured, the material was interesting, the workload was very reasonable, and I have never meet anyone more enthusiastic about their subject matter than Randall Balmer. He is always full of stories, and wants to make sure he has earned the class's attention. Class was always thought provoking and I can't wait to take Religion in American Culture II. He is also a very reasonable and kind person when it comes to individual problems.

The readings are interesting, but not a necessity. He has all the information he wants you to know on power point slides, but he won't test you on the details, so don't bother writing everything down. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and think Randall Balmer is a great teacher!

Workload:

free points for "participation" (10%), and there were two 4-6 page papers that are graded very generously (20% each), a midterm (25%), and a final (25%). The multiple choice could be a bit tricky but the IDs and essays on the midterm and final were graded very easily.