December 11, 2003

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
religion and american culture

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

Take this class. Professor Balmer is a fantastic lecturer and a truly brilliant man. Try "Googling" him if you're curious about the man's credentials - he is a bona fide religious historian and expert, a prolific writer, and even an Emmy nominee! The class is fascinating and relatively simple, and though you'll get frustrated that he never starts on time, you'll appreciate his interesting stories and obvious love of the subject matter. It bothered me that some topics were rushed through, but, I can't blame the guy for trying to fit all of pre-Civil War American religious history into a semester.
Overall, he does a fanastic job and will keep you very much interested.

Workload:

Not too bad. The readings were somewhat excessive, but not entirely necesary. A short 40 minute midterm (they give you the IDs ahead of time!), three 4-8 page papers, and an easy, noncumulative final. You won't be struggling to get an A in this class, either. If you do the work, and at least some of the reading, it's easy as peas.