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Zachary Schrag

Feb 2004

Not to jump on the bandwagon here....BUT, having some time to kill, I was curious to see if anyone had chimed in on this class...as far as this other review goes, I must disagree. Although it is too early to come to any measurable conclusion, Prof. Schrag, a new addition to the dept. is enthusiastic, engaging, and presents, well so far (and there is no reason to think this will change) cogent and fact-packed lectures. He has even opened the lecture with some quality music. While the reading is not light, it is not a massive burden—rather average for a 3000-level class—and the list is packed with great books. A nickels worth of free advice: take this class next time it comes around. Columbia hist. dept. listen up: do what you have to do to keep this guy around, you may have another Alan Brinkley on your hands.

Feb 2004

I have Professor Schrag for as Senior Thesis advisor, and think he's great. I just want to point out for the sake of later visitors to the site that Schrag's other reviewer, who complains about the workload and the grading, is reviewing this class on the basis of at most two weeks of experience. As I write, we are beginning the third week of the only semester the class has ever been offered in, since Prof. Schrag only started teaching here this year. Prof. Schrag is a great thesis advisor; challenging but laid back and always encouraging. He hasn't graded me yet, since the two-semester seminar is only graded at the end, but I doubt he has graded the other reviewer either.

Jan 2004

This IS a really tough Professor. I know that this is a History course but get real. I mean, I've got four other classes to get through and he thinks that this is the only class I've got. Tomes of reading. Particularly anal professor. Doesn't curve at all. Only if he learns from your paper do you get an A. Otherwise, good luck on the Bs.